Castiarina placida

Meaning of name: The name Castiarina is derived from that of Francois Louis Nompar de Castelnau. Placida is from the Latin word placidus, meaning gentle or mild.

Distribution: This beetle occurs on the coastal plains of Western Australia between Geraldton and Albany.

Remarks: This beetle is approximately 11 millimetres long and was found in Nuytsia floribunda flowers.

The photographs were taken in December.

Associations: Nuytsia floribunda

References: 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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