Subject: Jewel beatle?
Geographic location of the bug: Mornington Penninsula Vic Australia
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
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.
4 thoughts on “Jewel Beetle from Australia: Temognatha sanguinipennis”
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.
Thanks for this correction.
Though a tad similar to Temognatha variabilis, this is actually Temognatha sanguinipennis, and is rather uncommon these days.
Thanks again for the corrections.