Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Castiarina subnotata   (Carter, 1933)
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Stigmoderini » subtribe  Stigmoderina
Castiarina  species group: straminea
Castiarina subnotata   Adult images
Castiarina subnotata, PL1422, EP Castiarina subnotata, PL1436, on Melaleuca lanceolata, EP Castiarina subnotata, PL1436, on Melaleuca lanceolata, EP Castiarina subnotata, PL1405A, male, EP, 12.4 × 4.4 mm Castiarina subnotata, PL1436, on Melaleuca lanceolata, EP Castiarina subnotata, on Melaleuca lanceolata, EP Castiarina subnotata, MAH 14755, on Eucalyptus socialis ssp. socialis, MU, photo by M.A. Hura
12.1 mm
4.3 mm
Measurements (mm)
10.3 – 12.35
n = 912.7
11.3 – 14
n = 6
10 – 11.9
n = 612.4
11.05 – 13.4
n = 5
3.7 – 4.4
n = 94.6
3.95 – 5.95
n = 6
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 subnotata  Distinctive features

Head and pronotum metallic golden-green to bronze or reddish; elytra straw-coloured, usually with a pair of brownish spots in the posterior half that are variable in size (and from which it gets its name notata, meaning 'marked'), or the spots sometimes absent. The ventral side has the abdomen entirely testaceous (light translucent-brown and non-metallic) in both males and females. Superficially very similar to C. pallidipennis, but that belongs in another species group and is distinguishable by its more rounded body shape and the abdomen ventrally metallic in females. Also similar to the slightly larger C. subtincta which has elytra darkened to orange towards their apices, males with only the last three ventral abdominal segments testaceous and the females entirely metallic green ventrally.


A summer-emerging species that can be very abundant in the blossoms of summer-flowering Mallee Eucalypt species and Dryland Tea-tree Melaleuca lanceolata. Its predominantly yellowish colouration pattern is typical of a number of summer-emerging Buprestid species that are adapted to feeding in Eucalypt flowers, including the closely related C. subtincta, as well as C. pallidipennis and C. flava which belong to different species groups.

SA Regions¹:  EPMUSE
Australian States:  WASAVIC
Southern South Australian occurrences
LegendP.J.Lang collection vouchered records
other private collection or museum specimens, or sightings
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Adult activity records for Castiarina subnotata  (total of 179 beetles)
1 24 45
96 7 6
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
live emerged adults, count > median value of 24 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 24
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
13314EP, MU, SEM
347EP, MUM
Eucalyptus sp.11MUM
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 names in green are hyperlinked to a matching host species page with plant photos.
Plant family
Code beetles % host plant taxa
M Myrtaceae 179 100% 6
Position on adult host
on flower(s)248
on flowering plant15513
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
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