Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Castiarina skusei   (Blackburn, 1892)
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Stigmoderini » subtribe  Stigmoderina
Castiarina  species group: skusei
Castiarina skusei   Adult images
Castiarina skusei, PL0001, male, KI, 10.3 × 3.7 mm Castiarina skusei, DAY155, KI, 11.7 × 4.2 mm
10.3 mm
3.7 mm
Measurements (mm)
n = 1
n = 1
Legend  L1length from clypeus/frons to elytral apex (mean, range, sample size)
L2length from anterior of edge of eyes to elytral apex
Wmaximum width with elytra fully closed
Castiarina skusei  Distinctive features

Easily recognisable by the inverted 'T'-shaped dark markings on the elytra.


An outlier from eastern Australia only found in SA on Kangaroo Island. The SA forms do not show any obvious consistent differences, but tend to be more heavily marked. Barker 2006a noted that there were yellow and brown forms (elytral background colour) and that these were independent of sex.

SA Regions¹:  KI
Australian States:  SAVICNSWQLD
Southern South Australia distribution
LegendP.J.Lang collection vouchered records
other private collection or museum specimens, or sightings
Satellite map
Terrain map
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Adult activity records for Castiarina skusei  (total of 81 beetles)
1 6
1 5
5 27 2 3
27 1
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
live emerged adults, count > median value of 3 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 3
live non-emerged adults only, for that quarter month
number of active beetles for that quarter month
Adult host plants
beetles sites SA regions¹ family position on host plant
Bursaria spinosa ssp. spinosa352KIP
Melaleuca lanceolata301KIM
Eucalyptus rugosa52KIM
Myrtaceae sp.31KIM
Choretrum glomeratum21KIS
Eucalyptus sp.21KIM
Eucalyptus remota22KIM
Acacia provincialis11KIF
Spyridium halmaturinum11KIR
Legendbeetlescount of beetles collected from, or sighted on, host plant taxon
sitescount of major sites (unique 10 km grid cells +/- some distinct approximate localities)
Plant family
Code beetles % host plant taxa
M Myrtaceae 42 52% 3
P Pittosporaceae 35 43% 1
S Santalaceae 2 2% 1
F Fabaceae 1 1% 1
R Rhamnaceae 1 1% 1
Position on adult host
on flower(s)84
on flowering plant653
on foliage or non-flowering plant22
on plant (unspecified)64
Host plant notes

Recorded on a variety of Leptospermum species as well as Cassinia aculeata in eastern Australia, Williams & Williams 1983.

¹ LegendregionsSA State Herbarium regions (map)
EA: Eastern, EP: Eyre Peninsula, FR: Flinders Ranges, GT: Gairdner-Torrens, KI: Kangaroo Island, LE: Lake Eyre, MU: Murray, NL: Northern Lofty, NU: Nullarbor, NW: North-Western, SE: South-Eastern, SL: Southern Lofty, YP: Yorke Peninsula
sizeThe ellipse is the correct size when printed, indicative on a desktop screen, and likely to be wrong on a mobile device.