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Tortoise leaf beetle

Chrysophtharta variicollis


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


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


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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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

Thanks Irungbam and Andres.


DinDjarin 11 years ago


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

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

MartinL 11 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 11 years ago

What a beauty Argy!

MartinL 11 years ago

Nice macro photo Argy Bee
Here is the comparison of our two most common leaf beetles.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

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

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

May be Paropsis atomaria

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

Paropsis Genus..?

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Great find!

DespinaTsafetopoulou 11 years ago

cutie :)

Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

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

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