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