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Jewel Beetles

Jewel beetles are strikingly beautiful and are protected by law as “rare fauna”.

Beetles Bushland Heathland Urban Pollinators

Noongar Names: Not known

Scientific Name: Temognatha spp., Castiarina spp., and Melobasis spp.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Threats: Habitat loss and illegal insect collecting

Will they visit?: Jewel beetles frequently visit home gardens with suitable plants

Natural Distribution: Common and widespread throughout the South West and Perth region

Habitat at a Glance

See Habitat Guide for more detail

Shelter: Gather in large groups around flowers and leaves

Diet: Pollen and nectar

Water: Not required

ReWild Benefit: Pollination

ReWild Benefits

Jewel beetles are pollinators in the garden and connect biodiversity across the landscape. They are considered a ‘rare species’ with populations impacted by illegal insect collection. If you see one in your backyard, you can record your sighting on the Atlas of Living Australia and help scientists monitor there population and distribution.

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