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Erudite leaf beetle

Paropsisterna erudita

Description:

A small black beetle with an erudite red chevron adorning its back like a graduating university scholar. This elusive beetle was one that I was searching for and hoped to find this season.

Habitat:

Under the bark of a manna/candlebark type eucalyptus on the roadside.

Notes:

These dark beetles are not found on leaves during the daytime but only under bark. It seems possible that they are nocturnal. https://www.flickr.com/photos/lifeunseen... http://www.padil.gov.au/pests-and-diseas...

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6 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Thank you smiley feline.
Now I have discovered where to find these I am going to look for some more tomrrow

catgrin
catgrin 7 years ago

They're skittish as well? Yeesh! Glad you managed to hunt one down!

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Thank you Mark
Two additions in one day :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Another great looking Paropsid to your collection.

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Yes, and they usually fly off...

catgrin
catgrin 7 years ago

Small, round, and wandering can make for such a complicated photo shoot! Wonderfully done!

MartinL
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MartinL

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Nov 2, 2014
Submitted on Nov 3, 2014

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