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Red-shouldered Leaf Beetle

Monolepta australis


There are heaps of these beetles in our yard at the moment. They are only small, about 6mm long.

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ShannaB 7 years ago

Not sure, Argy. They seemed to be mostly hanging about in the grass and around the lilly-pillies. There was an epic explosion of them inside the house at one point (hundreds, probably thousands of them) but I think most of those ones would have died off due to lack of suitable food in the house!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Excellent beetle. So colourful. What are they eating?

kdpicturemaker 7 years ago

Used to see great clouds of these each year as new leaf growth on many plants emerged. They seemed to favour reddish coloured new growth when available, but would devour any new leaves as second choice. Sometimes the clouds of beetles would move through an area quickly eating and wilting just the red growth and the rest would be unscathed.

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Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Jan 18, 2014
Submitted on Jan 18, 2014

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