Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Castiarina viridissima   (Barker, 1987)
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Stigmoderini » subtribe  Stigmoderina
Castiarina  species group: cruentata
Castiarina viridissima   Adult images
Castiarina viridissima, PL3594A, on Teucrium reidii, NW, 10.1 × 3.6 mm Castiarina viridissima, PL3594A, on Teucrium reidii, NW, 10.1 × 3.6 mm Castiarina viridissima, PL3594A, on Teucrium reidii, NW, 10.1 × 3.6 mm
9.4 mm
3.3 mm
Measurements (mm)
n = 110.1
n = 1
n = 19.8
n = 1
n = 13.5
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 viridissima  Distinctive features

Head, pronotum, legs and ventral side green. Differs from Castiarina vegeta in the elytral premedial fascia with its outer (lateral) edges more or less straight and not reaching the lateral elytra margins, the convex interstices of the elytral striations laterally, and the more yellowish background colour.


The occurrence of this species in SA is based on the tentative ID of a single collection comprising two specimens and needs confirmation.

SA Regions¹:  NW
Australian States:  SAQLD
South Australia distribution
LegendP.J.Lang collection vouchered records
other private collection or museum specimens, or sightings
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Adult activity records for Castiarina viridissima  (total of 2 beetles)
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
live emerged adults, count > median value of 2 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 2
live non-emerged adults only, for that quarter month
number of active beetles for that quarter month
Adult host plant
beetles sites SA regions¹ family position on host plant
Teucrium reidii21NWL
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
L Lamiaceae 2 100% 1
Position on adult host
on flower(s)21
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.