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Leaf beetle

Paropsisterna lignea

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

Alpine NP Tamboritha Rd.

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7 Comments

MartinL
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
CharliePrice 7 years ago

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

MartinL
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.
http://www.padil.gov.au/pests-and-diseas...
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/140...

CharliePrice
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
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 )

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

Victoria, Australia

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

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