Animal Species:Jewel Beetle

Jewel beetles belong to the family Buprestidae, which is a large group with about 1,200 species in Australia.

Jewel Beetle on twig

 © Bruce Hulbert

Standard Common Name

Jewel Beetle

Number of species

1,200

Identification

Jewel beetles are often brightly coloured, with some species having a metallic sheen that makes them popular with collectors.

Size range

3 mm- 75 mm

Distribution

Jewel beetles are found throughout Australia.

Distribution by collection data

Biomaps map of specimens of Buprestidae from the Australian Museum database

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Habitat

Jewel beetles live in forests and woodlands, heath. Many are found in the Sydney region and can be seen feeding on and flying around flowers in heaths and woodlands. The larvae live in wood or, more rarely, softer plant stems, with some species feeding in dry leaves.

Economic/social impacts

On other continents, jewel beetles have been used in clothing, decorative boxes, sculptures and even religious shrines.

Classification

Family:
Buprestidae
Superfamily:
Buprestoidea
Suborder:
Polyphaga
Order:
Coleoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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7 comments

David Britton - 9.08 PM, 19 August 2009
Updated page, including AM database records on BioMaps
willb - 8.08 PM, 18 August 2009
I think the size range here needs looking at. Jewel beetles are considerably larger than 3-4mm,i.e the largest can be 4-5 cm.
Ondine Evans - 9.08 AM, 12 August 2009
It does mention that the adults feed on and fly around flowers, while the larvae burrow into wood or live inside softer plant stems - i.e. they feed on the fibrous material as they burrow.
deli101 - 10.08 AM, 11 August 2009
this is relly helpful thank you............... but it doesnt say anything about there feeding habits please write more info on these animals.
katie29 - 9.08 AM, 11 August 2009
i think that this website is good for animal reports and things like that. aAt the moment i am studying the Jewel Beetle and this site has all the info i need, THNX ALOT!!!!!!

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