Castiarina picta

Meaning of name: The name Castiarina is derived from that of Francois Louis Nompar de Castelnau. Picta is from the Latin word pictus, meaning painted, coloured or adorned.

Distribution: This beetle is found primarily in the south of Western Australia.

Description: This beetle is approximately 10 millimetres long.

Remarks: This beetle has been seen eating the flowers of Pericalymma ellipticum and Philotheca spicata.

These photographs were taken in September and October.

Associations: Pericalymma ellipticum and Philotheca spicata.

References: Identification courtesy of David Knowles.

Atlas of Living Australia

Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharr. 1996.

Castiarina: Australia’s richest jewel beetle genus. Shelley Barker. 2006.

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