Jewel beetles belong to the family Buprestidae, which is a large group with about 1,200 species in Australia.
Jewel beetles are often brightly coloured, with some species having a metallic sheen that makes them popular with collectors.
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.
Jewel beetles are found throughout Australia.
On other continents, jewel beetles have been used in clothing, decorative boxes, sculptures and even religious shrines.