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Unknown spotting

Description:

small, brightly colored beetle, moving quickly, as you can see in the pictures

Habitat:

found in a tall hedge, tropical climate



1 species ID suggestions

Orange-Blue Narrow-Necked Leaf Beetle
Criocerinae lema

9 Comments

JaniekevanDijk
JaniekevanDijk a year ago

yeah, I know :) most of my papua insects will probably stay unidentified.... thanks for your help!

MichaelGeiser
MichaelGeiser a year ago

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-167
Also, keep in mind that a rather large part of the New Guinean beetle fauna is not even described!

JaniekevanDijk
JaniekevanDijk a year ago

MichaelGeiser, thanks. I'm going to do some more research on this beetle, hopefully I'll find the right genus :)

MichaelGeiser
MichaelGeiser a year ago

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.

JaniekevanDijk
JaniekevanDijk a year ago

ok👍 thanks :)

Druenn
Druenn a year ago

@JaniekevanDijk
-Yes...
Given some variation in the type - also as soldier beetle (Cantharidae) mimics, species identity is speculative.
=]

JaniekevanDijk
JaniekevanDijk a year ago

(sorry for that, problem with internet)

JaniekevanDijk
JaniekevanDijk a year ago

the one you suggested, and the shield is way smoother

JaniekevanDijk
JaniekevanDijk a year ago

are you sure? to me eyes look so much bigger in comparison with

Druenn
Druenn a year ago

' Leaf beetle
Criocerinae: Lema sp.

Papua, Indonesia

Lat: -3.36, Long: 135.50

Spotted on May 25, 2017
Submitted on May 27, 2017

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