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 was found in Nuytsia floribunda.

The photographs were taken in December.

Associations: Nuytsia floribunda

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 Sharp. 1996.

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