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Tortoise leaf beetle

Chrysophtharta variicollis

Description:

Spotted tortoise leaf beetle on eucalyptus. Approximately 12mm long. The next generation.

Habitat:

On eucalyptus in suburban back yard. (E. ovata)

Notes:

The first one of these I have seen this season. I always love the spats they display on their feet. FAMILY CHRYSOMELIDAE Subfamily Chrysomelinae Genus Paropsisterna (formerly Chrysophtharta) ,

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12 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Thanks Irungbam and Andres.

lovely

KakyoinNoriaki
KakyoinNoriaki 8 years ago

SPECTACULAR!!!!!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

I guess that makes most sense at this time of year. A good strategy on their part. Thanks Martin.

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

Argy Bee. I suspect that this specimen has overwintered by hibernating as an adult and (if female) started laying eggs on the young spring foliage.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

What a beauty Argy!

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

Nice macro photo Argy Bee
Here is the comparison of our two most common leaf beetles.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/66925960@N0...
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/815...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Thanks all - you might be right Ashish - I will check tomorrow as it is late here.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

May be Paropsis atomaria

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Paropsis Genus..?

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Great find!

cutie :)

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Oct 4, 2012
Submitted on Oct 4, 2012

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