Subject: Beetle??
Location: Augusta, Western Australia
December 10, 2012 3:41 am
Hey can you tell me what this bug is please?! Thank you!!
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Red Spotted Jewel Beetle

Dear email,
This is a Jewel Beetle or Metallic Borer Beetle in the family Buprestidae.  Because of their markings, they are highly prized by collectors.  We did not find a match on the Brisbane Insect website which is our first stop for unknown Australian insects.  It looks very similar to
Stigmodera roei which is pictured on the Buprestidae of Australia website.  The photos of Stigmodera roei or Roe’s Jewel Beetle pictured on the Esperance Fauna website look more black than green.  Roe’s Jewel Beetle is a selected insect on the Entomology Collection of the Western Australian Museum website, and it is pictured on Project Biodiversity.

Update:  May 14, 2014
Thanks to a comment from Martin, we have a link to a Red Spotted Jewel Beetle.

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Location: Australia

6 Responses to Red Spotted Jewel Beetle from Australia

  1. Allen Sundholm says:

    Hi

    This is Stigmodera cancellata.

    Cheers

    Allen Sundholm

  2. Allen Sundholm says:

    Hi

    This is Stigmodera cancellata.

    Cheers

    Allen Sundholm

  3. Martin Lagerwey says:

    This insect is not found in Brisbane therefore not on that site.
    Both Stigmodera roei and cancellata are found only in Western Australia near Perth.
    I would back the word of Allen Sundholm as being expert. He is correct. The common name is Red Spotted Jewel Beetle. Here are images to compare for yourself.
    ]http://agspsrv34.agric.wa.gov.au/ento/images/S_cancel.jpg
    http://agspsrv34.agric.wa.gov.au/ento/images/S_roei.jpg
    http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/310056018
    Kind regards
    MartinLagerwey

  4. Martin Lagerwey says:

    This insect is not found in Brisbane therefore not on that site.
    Both Stigmodera roei and cancellata are found only in Western Australia near Perth.
    I would back the word of Allen Sundholm as being expert. He is correct. The common name is Red Spotted Jewel Beetle. Here are images to compare for yourself.
    ]http://agspsrv34.agric.wa.gov.au/ento/images/S_cancel.jpg
    http://agspsrv34.agric.wa.gov.au/ento/images/S_roei.jpg
    http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/310056018
    Kind regards
    MartinLagerwey

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