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Castiarina testacea

8 A eucalyptus bud mimic jewel beetle at Lake Burley Griffin Central/East

Castiarina testacea at Lake Burley Griffin Central/East - 2 Jan 2021
Castiarina testacea at Lake Burley Griffin Central/East - 2 Jan 2021
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Castiarina testacea 4 Jan 2021 MichaelMulvaney
Castiarina testacea 4 Jan 2021 natureguy

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Significant sighting

4 Jan 2021

This is the first record of this Jewel Beetle in the ACT region since a 1955 record from near Casuarina Sands . It is also one of the most easterly records for the species

Author's notes

ID from Stuart Harris. He informed me that there is only one previous ACT record of this species, from 1955.

5 comments

Harrisi wrote:
   4 Jan 2021
Well done again Luke. ID also from Allen Sundholm, one of Australia's leading jewel beetle experts. There is a similar species called Castiarina crockerea though C. testacea has far more pronounced ribbing on its elytra. To my knowledge this is also one of the most eastern records for this sp. according to ALA.
   10 Jan 2021
Now featured in The Canberra Times: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7077544/teen-finds-rare-jewel-beetle-at-lbg-65-years-after-first-act-sighting/?cs=14225
michaelb wrote:
   10 Jan 2021
See announcement: https://canberra.naturemapr.org/announcements/306
RodDeb wrote:
   11 Jan 2021
Congratulations Luke aka natureguy
natureguy wrote:
   12 Jan 2021
Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments, it a very nice surprise to find the Jewel Beetle and I didn't expect it to be so significant and have a newspaper article written about it! Good luck to everyone else and I'm sure you will find interesting things in your travels.

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Castiarina testacea (A eucalyptus bud mimic jewel beetle) at Lake Burley Griffin Central/East - 7 Jan 2021 by Harrisi
Aridaeus thoracicus (Tiger Longicorn Beetle) at Lake Burley Griffin Central/East - 7 Jan 2021 by Harrisi
Selagis aurifera (Aurifera jewel beetle) at Lake Burley Griffin Central/East - 3 Jan 2021 by Harrisi
Castiarina bremei (A jewel beetle) at Lake Burley Griffin Central/East - 1 Jan 2021 by natureguy
Castiarina nasuta (A jewel beetle) at Lake Burley Griffin Central/East - 1 Jan 2021 by natureguy
Cirsium vulgare (Spear Thistle) at Lake Burley Griffin Central/East - 12 Jan 2020 by bookworm422
Oryctolagus cuniculus (European Rabbit) at Lake Burley Griffin Central/East - 28 Oct 2019 by Mike
Chenonetta jubata (Australian Wood Duck) at Lake Burley Griffin Central/East - 27 Oct 2019 by Mike
Oryctolagus cuniculus (European Rabbit) at Lake Burley Griffin Central/East - 25 May 2018 by Alison Milton
Chenonetta jubata (Australian Wood Duck) at Lake Burley Griffin Central/East - 25 May 2018 by Alison Milton
Anas superciliosa (Pacific Black Duck) at Lake Burley Griffin Central/East - 25 May 2018 by Alison Milton

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Rare or uncommon Native
  • Non-Invasive

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  • 1 Abundance
  • 2 Jan 2021 10:04 AM Recorded on
  • natureguy Recorded by

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  • Bursaria spinosa Associated plant
  • 5mm to 12mm Animal size
  • Unknown Gender

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