Tree-top Jewel Beetle
Black-necked Jewel Beetle
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Jewel Beetle (Buprestidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Black-necked Jewel Beetle (Castiarina atricollis)|
Thank you Ralph Foster & Dr Peter Lang for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
A small Jewel Beetle at ~12mm long.
It's exoskeleton is primarily purple! There can be some variation on pattern & shading of the yellow to orange with these. Import aspects to look for at the spikes on the trailing edge of the elytra & the shape of pronotum. The pronotum is quite barrel shaped here.
They also like certain plants, this one was found in Senna flowers.