DiphucraniaDiphucrania duodecimmaculata Diphucrania leucosticta

— see Diphucrania broomensis | Diphucrania opima | Diphucrania stigmata

Diphucrania leucosticta, whose common names include White Spotted Jewel Beetle and White-flecked Acacia Jewel Beetle, is one of the over 200 species in the genus Diphucrania.

At 13-16 mm long, Diphucrania leucosticta is one of the largest and most widespread species of Diphucrania (there are over 200 species in Australia). They have been observed in Perth, Western Australia, across South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

It is generally found on Acacia leaves in the southern states and emerges in February/March (earlier as you go further north).

Diphucrania leucosticta (Jewel Beetle), Karawatha Forest / Brisbane QLD © Hongming Kan
Diphucrania leucosticta (Jewel Beetle) © Hongming Kan
Diphucrania leucosticta (Jewel Beetle), Karawatha Forest / Brisbane QLD © Hongming Kan
Diphucrania leucosticta (Jewel Beetle), Karawatha Forest / Brisbane QLD © Hongming Kan
Diphucrania leucosticta (Jewel Beetle), Karawatha Forest / Brisbane QLD © Hongming Kan
Diphucrania leucosticta (Jewel Beetle), Karawatha Forest / Brisbane QLD © Hongming Kan
Diphucrania leucosticta (Jewel Beetle), Karawatha Forest / Brisbane QLD © Hongming Kan
Diphucrania leucosticta (Jewel Beetle), Karawatha Forest / Brisbane QLD © Hongming Kan
Diphucrania leucosticta (Jewel Beetle), Karawatha Forest / Brisbane QLD © Hongming Kan
Diphucrania leucosticta (Jewel Beetle), Karawatha Forest / Brisbane QLD © Hongming Kan

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Coleoptera
  • Suborder: Polyphaga
  • Superfamily: Buprestoidea
  • Family: Buprestidae
  • Subfamily: Agrilinae
  • Tribe: Coraebini
  • Subtribe Cisseina
  • Genus: Diphucrania
  • Species: Diphucrania leucosticta

Footnote & References

  1. Diphucrania leucosticta. Photographs © Hongming Kan
  2. Many thanks to Mark Hanlon for ID and information, member of Australasian Beetles Only, Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1180404322409639/
  3. Diphucrania leucosticta (Kirby, 1818), Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https:/biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/8c01d140-5b21-4efc-ab92-a3e78c7bbce5
  4. Diphucrania leucosticta, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/628938-Diphucrania-leucosticta
  5. Diphucrania leucosticta (Kirby, 1818), by Peter J. Lang, Buprestidae of South Australia (Jewel beetles), https://syzygium.xyz/buprestidae/species.php?species=Diphucrania_leucosticta

DiphucraniaDiphucrania duodecimmaculata Diphucrania leucosticta

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