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Leaf beetle

Paropsisterna lignea


A testaceous beetle with stripes along the puncturations of the elytra. There are three dots on the pronotum similar to the larger and nocturnal paropsiterna intacta.


Montane. Found only above the snow line on foliage of snow gums.


Alpine NP Tamboritha Rd.

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MartinL 7 years ago

I finally read the notes by Blackburn that Tony quoted. Leaf beetles are a complex group with little expert support.

CharliePrice 7 years ago

So glad you finally have the ID and they are the same :)

MartinL 7 years ago

Yes, I knew what you meant.
I do suspect this is interlita or insignita or similar, based on the three dots on the pronotum but they are not a perfect match either.
I shall check the keys after Christmas, as Tony has already done and I will not make any firm suggestion until I know what I am talking about.

CharliePrice 7 years ago

Ok brow area = "pronotum " ..and reading Tony's notes ...they can have this :)
Very interesting , yet mine is not an alpine area

CharliePrice 7 years ago

Yes very similiar , yet yours has pretty distinct black markings on the brow ( not the correct word but you know where i mean )

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Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Dec 17, 2014
Submitted on Dec 17, 2014

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