Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Germarica lilliputana   (Thomson, 1879)
subfamily  Agrilinae » tribe  Aphanisticini » subtribe  Germaricina
Germarica lilliputana   Adult images
Germarica lilliputana, PL0386, on Allocasuarina verticillata, SL Germarica lilliputana, PL0386, on Allocasuarina verticillata, SL Germarica lilliputana, PL0386H, SL, 2.4 × 0.7 mm
3.0 mm
1.0 mm
Measurements (mm)
2.7 – 3.25
n = 103.3
2.95 – 3.7
n = 3
0.8 – 1.1
n = 101.1
1 – 1.3
n = 3
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
Germarica lilliputana  Distinctive features

Tiny, blackish, with a distinctly elongate body shape; a narrow pronotum with rounded sides and quite strongly tapered at the posterior end.


This aptly named species is the smallest Buprestid in SA. It is easily overlooked but can be netted in large numbers on foliage of the Drooping Sheoak Allocasuarina verticillata.

Australian States:  WA?SATASVICNSWQLD
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 Germarica lilliputana  (total of 200 beetles)
1 6
14 17 17
15 19 28
57 5 7 1
4 3
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
live emerged adults, count > median value of 7 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 7
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
Allocasuarina verticillata17312NL, MU, SLC1
Allocasuarina muelleriana ssp. muelleriana164SL, SEC1
Allocasuarina sp.132SLC1
Cyperaceae sp.11FRC2
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
C1 Casuarinaceae 202 100% 2
C2 Cyperaceae 1 0% 1
Position on adult host
on foliage or non-flowering plant16912
on plant (unspecified)346
Host plant notes

In addition to the Drooping Sheoak Allocasuarina verticillata, the species has also been taken on foliage of the Slaty Oakbush Allocasuarina muelleriana and would be expected to occur on other SA Oakbush species as well.

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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