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Tortoise leaf beetle

Paropsisterna vittipennis

Description:

Large leaf beetle with bright red stripes

Habitat:

On Manna Gum

Notes:

Tortoise beetle #9 http://morwellnp.pangaean.net/cgi-bin/sh...

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9 Comments

MartinL
MartinL a year 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
MartinL 2 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 http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_...

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 2 years ago

Lovely!

Argy Bee
Argy Bee 2 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
MartinL 2 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 2 years ago

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

misako
misako 2 years ago

beautiful!

MartinL
MartinL 2 years ago

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

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 2 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

Reference

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