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Leaf beetle

Chrysomelidae Sagra Sp.

Description:

LEAF BEETLE ATTACKED BY PARASITIC FUNGUS Beauveria bassiana. LEAF BEETLE belongs to a large family of small- to medium-sized beetles. Some species are small and round, while others are longer and more angular. The antennae are fairly short. Leaf Beetles exhibit highly variable colors and patterns. The adults usually feed on leaves and flowers, while the larvae feed on leaves or roots. The adults of some species feed on pollen, as well as other parts of a plant, often causing more damage than good. (From: http://eol.org/pages/7463/details )

Habitat:

Chrysomelids are phytophagous and are among the most diverse and conspicuous insect families on plants. (From: http://bugguide.net/node/view/180 )

Notes:

About the parasitic fungus: Global Citizen Year » Beauveria bassiana Thanks to Mark Ridgway for providing this information.

2 Species ID Suggestions

Parasitic fungus
Beauveria bassiana Global Citizen Year » Beauveria bassiana
MartinL
MartinL 4 years ago
Leaf beetle
Sagra sp.


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12 Comments

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 4 years ago

Very nice spotting, Hari. Could you please add it to the "Arthropods parasitised by fungi" mission? http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1159...

Hariprasad V N
Hariprasad V N 4 years ago

Thank you, Martin. Is it also known as Frog legged Leaf beetle ?

yunseong1
yunseong1 4 years ago

Wow!

Beautiful beetle! Too bad about the fungus.

Maria dB
Maria dB 4 years ago

Sad but interesting, too

MartinL
MartinL 4 years ago

What a fascinating spotting!

VincentVanur
VincentVanur 4 years ago

The breeze must have made it slip a little down the leaf-blade making you feel it really moved. If anybody can identify the beetle, it would be helpful.

Hariprasad V N
Hariprasad V N 4 years ago

Mark Ridgway, thanks a lot. It's really sad news for me. Is it possible to identify the beetle.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

If that beetle was still moving it would be it's last.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Good shot Hari.

Hariprasad V N
Hariprasad V N 4 years ago

Mariana, it was alive.

Mariana2
Mariana2 4 years ago

looks like a mushroom took over.. was it alive and moving?

Hariprasad V N
Spotted by
Hariprasad V N

Kerala, India

Lat: 10.98, Long: 76.62

Spotted on Nov 8, 2014
Submitted on Nov 25, 2014

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