Black-necked Jewel Beetle
Black-necked Jewel Beetle
Black-necked Jewel Beetle (Castiarina atricollis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Jewel Beetle (Buprestidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Black-necked Jewel Beetle (Castiarina atricollis)
This Photo:     🔍Pronotum🔎

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.

Copyright © 2019-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 15-Nov-2019
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.