Castiarina rufipennis

Meaning of name: The name Castiarina is derived from that of Francois Louis Nompar de Castelnau. Rufipennis is from the Latin words rufus, meaning red or reddish-brown, and pennatus, meaning winged.

Distribution: This beetle has been reported from across Australia except for the Northern Territory and Tasmania.

Remarks: This beetle is approximately 13 millimetres long and we have found it in the flowers of Nuytsia floribunda and Melaleuca rhaphiophylla.

We have seen this beetle in October and December.


References: Identification courtesy of David Knowles.

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

Atlas of Living Australia

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

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