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Tortoise leaf beetle

Paropsisterna nigerrima


Large leaf beetle with bright red stripes


On Manna Gum


Tortoise beetle #9

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 months ago

Thanks. The parops site is coming along nicely.

MartinL 3 months ago

There are several that look similar and octolineata is larger and smoother and tropical.
I've checked the museum collections and decided to change the name.

MartinL 3 years ago

Ashish. There are many tortoise leaf beetles in our country and I'm getting to know them well. They are my favorite group.

MartinL 3 years ago

Thanks Mayra. This one is rare and huge, and exciting when I see one. There is a similar one but with a different name

MayraSpringmann 3 years ago


Argy Bee
Argy Bee 3 years ago

Thanks martin. The potential rate of learning here can be phenomenal.
We don't have any manna gum here so maybe that's why I haven't seen this guy. Going into the garden with the camera has made me realise just how important it is to promote local and native plants - the 'foreigners' here are all devoid of life by comparison.

MartinL 3 years ago

Last year I saw one only of this species, but I had a crap camera. Leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae) are vegetarian like most beetles are and the ones that eat the lerps are ladybird beetles. This one eats the manna gm leaves, so does its larvae. Pupae drop to the ground.

Argy Bee
Argy Bee 3 years ago

Wow I've never seen one of these around here. Was it eating the usual manna lerpy things?

misako 3 years ago


MartinL 3 years ago

Many seem to mimic the various galls that appear on leaves. Others clearly do not. This one is just showing off.

CindyBinghamKeiser 3 years ago

I'm amazed at the different colors and patterns on Tortoise beetles :) This one is very pretty.

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.73, Long: 145.38

Spotted on Dec 8, 2011
Submitted on Dec 8, 2011


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