Beechmont District  Landcare Association, Inc





The 2019 Beechmont Weeds booklet is out.

Download your copy here.


The BDLA Newsletter for June 2019

is out. Download your copy here







CREATE HABITAT

HOW YOU CAN HELP?
Join Landcare & volunteer
 - Remove weeds - 
Plant indigenous, native plants

 LANDCARE MEETINGS - FIRST THURSDAY EVERY SECOND MONTH

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Creating Habitat


Jewel Beetle

The pretty beetle found in a water tub is a jewel beetle (Family Buprestidae) and this species is probably Temognatha variabilis. There are literally hundreds of species, all very colourful and Australia is famous for this group of beetles. They lay eggs on tree trunks and the larvae bore into the bark and feed on the nutritious growing cambium layer between bark and wood.


The adult beetles are nectar feeders, especially on eucalypt blossom, and so are rarely seen down at ground level...though Leptospermum flowers also bring them.  


Dr GBM.