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The hispinae are part of the Cassidinae (tortise and leaf minning beetles). It has an elongated, flat body shape and punctate elytra and pronotum. As the name suggests these beetles display the same behaviour as the larvae of some moths and flies and mine into leaves to feed protected from predators and choose plant tissue with less cellulose.
Subtropical and wooded areas on the coast
Thanks to some new information from Project Noah Member MichaelGeiser, this is the only species in the genus in continental Africa while all the rest are found in Madagascar. B. sculptilis resides from eastern Africa down to southern Mozambique with no record in South Africa.It is quite possible it may have been brought here on plants.