Day of the Jewel Beetles

2 January 2015

As I was leaving Kanangra-Boyd National Park in the morning I decided to look further up along the swamp in the meadow. I was hoping for some interesting dragonflies and, although Griseargiolestes eboracus was interesting enough, I did already have good photos of them from earlier so nothing great was found there. Back to the car I decided to go through some flowering shrubs (possibly Leptospermum sp) where I ended up finding many insects, particularly jewel beetles. Unfortunately it was quite windy making photography very challenging.

I sort of broke my own rule of not leaving an interesting place until I had drained it of undiscovered things but frustrated by the heat and wind I left the park before lunch. I had also been there for several days and felt the need to move on but by the time I got to Lithgow the thunderstorms had arrived and it began bucketing down and I did rue leaving Kanangra-Boyd. I spent some time in the car with the rain outside but, being a thunderstorm, it soon passed and I was able to wander about the bush again.

I was now in Newnes State Forest (north of Lithgow) at a place I had explored the previous two summers looking for Petalura gigantea. Not dragonfly hunting weather so I investigated the many flowering Lomatia — turned out they were still full of life, though the beetles were quite docile. I saw many more jewel beetles, some of the smaller ones were hiding within the flowers so I had to prise them open to try and get a photo.



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image/jpegbeetle Mecynodera coxalgica ♂ ♀ Newnes150102-0654.jpg i02-Jan-2015 18:58  77 KB 880×640
image/jpegbeetle Mecynodera coxalgica Newnes150102-0638.jpg i02-Jan-2015 18:49  84.6 KB 880×640
image/jpegbeetle Mecynodera coxalgica Newnes150102-0644.jpg i02-Jan-2015 18:54  84.2 KB 960×720
image/jpegbeetle Mecynodera coxalgica Newnes150102-0651.jpg i02-Jan-2015 18:57  63 KB 640×640
image/jpegbeetle Newnes150102-0612.jpg i02-Jan-2015 17:21  57.4 KB 800×720
image/jpegbee Euryglossa aureopilosa Kanangra150102-0523.jpg i02-Jan-2015 10:43  97.8 KB 960×720
image/jpegbee Leioproctus sp ♂ Kanangra150102-0437.jpg i02-Jan-2015 08:39  52 KB 800×600
image/jpegbee Leioproctus sp ♂ Kanangra150102-0440.jpg i02-Jan-2015 08:45  58.8 KB 800×600
image/jpegbug Scutiphora pedicellata Newnes150102-0606.jpg i02-Jan-2015 17:05  66.7 KB 720×800
image/jpegbug Scutiphora pedicellata Newnes150102-0622.jpg i02-Jan-2015 17:44  53.8 KB 800×608
image/jpegbug Scutiphora pedicellata Newnes150102-0624.jpg i02-Jan-2015 17:45  70.4 KB 720×768
image/jpegcicada Diemeniana euronotiana Newnes150102-0571.jpg i02-Jan-2015 15:52  79.7 KB 640×800
image/jpegcicada Diemeniana euronotiana Newnes150102-0572.jpg i02-Jan-2015 15:52  80.9 KB 768×800
image/jpegdamselfly Griseargiolestes eboracus ♀ Kanangra150102-0479.jpg i02-Jan-2015 09:43  76.4 KB 960×720
image/jpegdamselfly Griseargiolestes eboracus ♂ Kanangra150102-0430.jpg i02-Jan-2015 08:31  81.4 KB 960×720
image/jpegdamselfly Griseargiolestes eboracus ♂ Kanangra150102-0488.jpg i02-Jan-2015 10:08  89.6 KB 1024×768
image/jpegdragonfly Synthemis eustalacta ♂ Kanangra150102-0401.jpg i02-Jan-2015 07:32  93.6 KB 1024×800
image/jpegflower scene Stylidium sp Kanangra150102-0467.jpg i02-Jan-2015 09:27  71.5 KB 960×640
image/jpegfly (Micropezidae) Kanangra150102-0412.jpg i02-Jan-2015 08:04  59.4 KB 880×640
image/jpegfly Kanangra150102-0497.jpg i02-Jan-2015 10:26 116 KB 880×640
image/jpegfly Pelecorhynchus fulvus Kanangra150102-0532.jpg i02-Jan-2015 10:48  64.2 KB 800×600
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina bifasciata Newnes150102-0662.jpg i02-Jan-2015 19:05  63.7 KB 720×560
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina bremei Kanangra150102-0511.jpg i02-Jan-2015 10:34  74.4 KB 848×640
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina bremei Kanangra150102-0547.jpg i02-Jan-2015 10:52  73.3 KB 800×600
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina kershawi Kanangra150102-0495.jpg i02-Jan-2015 10:21  74.8 KB 800×600
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina kershawi Kanangra150102-0496.jpg i02-Jan-2015 10:21  50.6 KB 800×600
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina kershawi Kanangra150102-0540.jpg i02-Jan-2015 10:50  71.3 KB 800×600
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina klugii Newnes150102-0646.jpg i02-Jan-2015 18:55  75 KB 768×576
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina klugii Newnes150102-0653.jpg i02-Jan-2015 18:58  74.1 KB 768×576
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina octospilota Kanangra150102-0505.jpg i02-Jan-2015 10:31  67.7 KB 800×640
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina octospilota Kanangra150102-0528.jpg i02-Jan-2015 10:45  73.9 KB 800×600
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina octospilota Kanangra150102-0530.jpg i02-Jan-2015 10:46  71.6 KB 768×576
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina octospilota Kanangra150102-0535.jpg i02-Jan-2015 10:48  84 KB 800×600
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina octospilota Kanangra150102-0536.jpg i02-Jan-2015 10:48  91.2 KB 800×600
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina scalaris Newnes150102-0640.jpg i02-Jan-2015 18:49  51 KB 720×480
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina skusei Newnes150102-0659.jpg i02-Jan-2015 19:02  33.7 KB 400×600
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina sp Newnes150102-0633.jpg i02-Jan-2015 17:52  47.9 KB 720×560
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina sp Newnes150102-0634.jpg i02-Jan-2015 17:53  58.2 KB 720×560
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina subpura Newnes150102-0626.jpg i02-Jan-2015 17:48  69.9 KB 800×608
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina subpura Newnes150102-0627.jpg i02-Jan-2015 17:48  56 KB 768×576
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina thomsoni Kanangra150102-0515.jpg i02-Jan-2015 10:35  64.3 KB 720×560
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina thomsoni Kanangra150102-0541.jpg i02-Jan-2015 10:50  83.6 KB 800×640
image/jpegjewel-beetle Temognatha variabilis Newnes150102-0567.jpg i02-Jan-2015 15:34 108 KB 880×640
image/jpegjewel-beetle Temognatha variabilis Newnes150102-0568.jpg i02-Jan-2015 15:35 137 KB 1024×880
image/jpegjewel-beetle Temognatha variabilis Newnes150102-0569.jpg i02-Jan-2015 15:35 107 KB 880×640
image/jpegladybird-beetle Coccinella transversalis Newnes150102-0600.jpg i02-Jan-2015 16:35  44.8 KB 640×560
image/jpeglongicorn-beetle Aridaeus thoracicus Newnes150102-0581.jpg i02-Jan-2015 16:12  79 KB 960×720
image/jpeglongicorn-beetle Distichocera fuliginosa Kanangra150102-0521.jpg i02-Jan-2015 10:39  86.6 KB 960×720
image/jpeglongicorn-beetle Hesthesis sp Newnes150102-0592.jpg i02-Jan-2015 16:25  71.6 KB 800×608
image/jpeglongicorn-beetle Hesthesis sp Newnes150102-0596.jpg i02-Jan-2015 16:27  78.4 KB 880×640
image/jpegorchid Corunastylis sp Newnes150102-0575.jpg i02-Jan-2015 16:01  51.6 KB 640×800
image/jpegorchid Prasophyllum sp Kanangra150102-0392.jpg i02-Jan-2015 07:18  77.9 KB 768×1024
image/jpegorchid Pterostylis falcata Kanangra150102-0404.jpg i02-Jan-2015 07:35  73.1 KB 768×720
image/jpegsawfly Lophyrotoma sp Newnes150102-0591.jpg i02-Jan-2015 16:24  71.4 KB 864×640
image/jpegspider Newnes150102-0678.jpg i02-Jan-2015 19:28 136 KB 960×720
image/jpegstick-insect Ctenomorpha marginipennis Kanangra150102-0435.jpg i02-Jan-2015 08:35  59.7 KB 960×640
image/jpegwasp Newnes150102-0648.jpg i02-Jan-2015 18:55  94.1 KB 960×720

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