Subject:  Jewel beatle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Mornington Penninsula Vic Australia
Date: 02/24/2020
Time: 08:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Bug Man,l found this beetle on my deck. ls it a common beatle.  l have lived in Rosebud Vic Australia for 25 years and an avid gardener.  l have not seen it before.
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you regards Kerri

Variable Jewel Beetle

Dear Kerri,
This is indeed a Jewel Beetle or Metallic Borer Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and we believe we have correctly identified it as a Variable Jewel Beetle,
Temognatha variabilis, thanks to images on the Brisbane Insect site.  It is also pictured on Atlas of Living Australia.

Correction:  May 29, 2020
Thanks to comments from Allen Sundholm and Kimberi Pullen, we are revising our prior identification in lieu of this being Temognatha sanguinipennis.

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Location: Victoria, Australia

4 Responses to Jewel Beetle from Australia: Temognatha sanguinipennis

  1. Kimberi Pullen says:

    This is Temognatha sanguinipennis, not T. variabilis. The latter does not occur close to Melbourne, being limited to the eastern parts of New South Wales, and south-eastern Queensland.

  2. Allen Sundholm says:

    Though a tad similar to Temognatha variabilis, this is actually Temognatha sanguinipennis, and is rather uncommon these days.

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