Subject: Some type of Red Jewel Beetle?
Location: Chidlow, Western Australia
December 4, 2015 8:41 pm
We were cleaning out our gutters and found this chap dead amongst the accumulated leaves. Looks a lot like one of the pictures on the WA Museum’s composite photos of red jewel beetles, but ours seems to have a lot more yellow on it, or perhaps it has just faded a bit in the sun? Any thoughts please? As you can see we also found a Western Glossy Stag Beetle!
We are located near the village of Chidlow, on 5 acres amongst partially cleared farming land and bush, in the hills east of Perth, Western Australia.
Signature: Tom and Sue McNaughtan
Dear Tom and Sue,
There is much diversity within the family of Jewel Beetles (Buprestidae) from Australia and there is also variability within the species. We believe your individual may be in the genus Castiarina, which is well represented on the Buprestidae of Australia site. We found a matching image of a Western Glossy Stag Beetle on Red Bubble, but there is no scientific name provided. We believe that based on the Beetle Space site, that this is a female Lamprima micardi. There are Asian instructions provided on breeding the species as well as many images taken in captivity on Insect Forum. There are probably quite a few collectors salivating over your lucky discovery.