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small, brightly colored beetle, moving quickly, as you can see in the pictures
found in a tall hedge, tropical climate
yeah, I know :) most of my papua insects will probably stay unidentified.... thanks for your help!
Well, good luck! :)There is a key to the New Guinean genera of Galerucinae, but it's meant to be used on preserved specimens and probably doesn't work very well on photos. Also, it was done in the 1980ies, when it was still expensive and laborious to add illustrations in scientific papers (so there are hardly any habitus pictures).https://archive.org/details/biostor-167Also, keep in mind that a rather large part of the New Guinean beetle fauna is not even described!
MichaelGeiser, thanks. I'm going to do some more research on this beetle, hopefully I'll find the right genus :)
A leaf beetle (Chrysomelidae) of the subfamily Galerucinae. I don't know the exact genus or species.It definitely isn't a criocerine (Lema or the like), those would have a very different pronotum shape and clearly punctate elytra.
ok👍 thanks :)
@JaniekevanDijk-Yes...Given some variation in the type - also as soldier beetle (Cantharidae) mimics, species identity is speculative.=]
(sorry for that, problem with internet)
the one you suggested, and the shield is way smoother
are you sure? to me eyes look so much bigger in comparison with
' Leaf beetle Criocerinae: Lema sp.
Lat: -3.36, Long: 135.50
Spotted on May 25, 2017 Submitted on May 27, 2017