Jewel Beetles

Variable Jewel Beetle
CastiarinaJewel Beetle I
Castiarina Jewel Beetle II
Variegate Jewel Beetle
Dysentery Jewel Beetle
Banksia Jewel Beetle
Acacia Jewel Beetle I
Acacia Jewel Beetle II
Pinto Jewel Beetle
Pea Flower Jewel Beetle
Acacia Flat-headed Jewel Beetle 


Jewel Beetles - Subfamily Agrilinae

Family Buprestidae

This page contains information and pictures about Jewel Beetles in Subfamily Agrilinae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Jewel Beetles can normally be seen feeding nectar on flowers in bush during a sunny day. Some Jewel Beetles are leaves feeder. They ranged from very small to very large size. Their body is elongated and flattened. They are brightly coloured and often have a metallic sheen which make their common name Jewel Beetles. They are active and ready to fly during daytime.
Most species of Jewel Beetle larvae live in wood, although some of them live in root and a few are leave miner. Most of them have very long life cycle.

Acacia Jewel Beetle I
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Diphucrania albosparsa (Cisseis albosparsa), Coraebini, Cisseina, body length 12mm
This small Jewel Beetle can easily be found on young Acacia trees in Alexandra Hill during mid summer. When disturbed, they dropped and flied away. The beetle was metallic dark brown to dark green in colour with eight white dots forming a circle on its back. Please check this page for more information.
Acacia Jewel Beetle II
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Hypocisseis latipennis (Cisseis latipennis), Coraebini, Cisseina, body length 12mm
We found this jewel beetle once on a large Acacia tree trunk near Bulimba Creek on Mar 2008. The beetle was slowly climbing up the tree. More information and photos can be found in this page.
Pinto Jewel Beetle
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Cisseis or Diphucrania sp., Coraebini, Cisseina, body length 12mm
Photos were taken on Mar 2009 and Feb 2010. Both were in Brisbane Botanic Garden. Please check this page for more infromation.
Pea Flower Jewel Beetle
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Ethonion reichei, Coraebini, Ethoniina, body length 12mm
Found it jewel beetle in Daisy Hill on early summer Sep 2008. It was resting on yellow flowers of Wallum Wedge Pea (Gompholobium virgatum). Please check this page for more information.
Acacia Flat-headed Jewel Beetle
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Agrilus australasiae, Agrilini, Agrilina body length 12mm
This beetle was found on Feb 2010 in Karawatha Forest on Echidna Trail. It was resting on Acacia leaf. From the reference infromation, the larvae are borer of Acacia stem. Please check this page for more infromation.

? Small Black Jewel Beetle
? sp. body length 10mm
This beetle has the elongated body and metallic colour body. However it may not be a Jewel Beetle. Please email us if you know the ID of this beetle.

Reference and Link:
1. Allen Sundholm's Buprestidae Home Page (We also like to thank Allen Sundholm advised some of the Jewel Beetles' ID in the page.)
2. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 632.
3. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p216.
4. Jewel Beetles of Western Australia - K. Carnaby, Wilga WA, 1986.
5. Beetles of South Australia, a guide to the Genera of, Part 4, E.G. Matthews, South Australia Museum, 1985. 

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