Banksia Jewel Beetle Click to enlarge image
Banksia Jewel Beetle, Cyria imperialis Image: CSIRO
© CSIRO

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Family
    Buprestidae
    Super Family
    Buprestoidea
    Suborder
    Polyphaga
    Order
    Coleoptera
    Class
    Insecta
    Subphylum
    Uniramia
    Phylum
    Arthopoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Number of Species
    1,200
  • Size Range
    3 mm- 75 mm

Introduction

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

Identification

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


Buprestidae
Jewel Beetles (Family Buprestidae) Image: Bruce Hulbert
© Bruce Hulbert

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.

Distribution

Jewel beetles are found throughout Australia.



Economic impacts

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