Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Castiarina xanthopilosa   (Hope, 1847)
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Stigmoderini » subtribe  Stigmoderina
Castiarina  species group: crocicolor
Castiarina xanthopilosa   Adult images
Castiarina xanthopilosa, PL0171A, PL0171B, on Leptospermum myrsinoides, SL Castiarina xanthopilosa, PL0171, on Leptospermum myrsinoides, SL Castiarina xanthopilosa, PL0184, SL, 13.7 × 4.9 mm Castiarina xanthopilosa, iNat-62538436, on Leptospermum coriaceum, SE, photo by Ned Fisher Castiarina xanthopilosa, PL4576, on Hakea carinata (PJL 3430), SL, 14.7 × 5.1 mm Castiarina xanthopilosa, PL1988, on Leptospermum myrsinoides flower, SL, aberrant colour form Castiarina xanthopilosa, PL4576, adult host plant, host Hakea carinata (PJL 3430), SL, 14.7 × 5.1 mm
14.2 mm
4.9 mm
Measurements (mm)
11.4 – 14.8
n = 2214.6
12.1 – 16.1
n = 17
11.4 – 14.3
n = 614.5
13.55 – 15.8
n = 6
3.8 – 5.1
n = 225.1
4.3 – 5.7
n = 17
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
SA Regions¹:  YPSLSE
Australian States:  SAVIC
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 xanthopilosa  (total of 280 beetles)
27 52 54 27
24 41 10 2
7 4 10
1 1
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
live emerged adults, count > median value of 10 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 10
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
16127SL, SEM
Leptospermum sp.4110SLM
105SL, SEM
Hakea sp.31SLP1
Myrtaceae sp.11SLM
Pimelea phylicoides11SLT
Pultenaea sp.11SLF
Tetratheca pilosa11SLE
Legendbeetlescount of beetles collected from, or sighted on, host plant taxon
sitescount of major sites (unique 10 km grid cells +/- some distinct approximate localities)
*indicates alien (non-native) plant occurrences, either wild or planted (the species may be alien in SA, or native in parts of its SA range)
Plant names in green are hyperlinked to a matching host species page with plant photos.
Plant family
Code beetles % host plant taxa
M Myrtaceae 256 96% 4
P1 Proteaceae 6 2% 1
E Elaeocarpaceae 1 0% 1
F Fabaceae 1 0% 1
P2 Pittosporaceae 1 0% 1
T Thymelaeaceae 1 0% 1
Position on adult host
on flower(s)14922
on flowering plant5820
on foliage or non-flowering plant33
on plant (unspecified)5713
Lure affinity
colour beetles sites SA regions¹
light pink622SE
light violet11SE
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.