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Paropsid beetle larvae

Paropsisterna agricola

Description:

These tiny larvae (approx 2mm long each) have just hatched from long, rounded cream coloured eggs and have eaten the empty shells. They are now gathering around wondering what to eat next.

Habitat:

Eucalyptus leaf on large E.microcarpa in wetland reserve.

Notes:

Exact species unknown although several adult P variicollis were also found on the tree. I just thought they looked cute hanging around. They would have just hatched form eggs then eaten the shells.

1 Species ID Suggestions

MartinL
MartinL 5 years ago
Southern Leaf Beetle
Paropsisterna agricola Paropsisterna agricola | Atlas of Living Australia


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3 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 5 years ago

Agricola are quite distinctive, being sometimes common and the only black ones in all their instars.

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 5 years ago

A very interesting photo....

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Thank you Martin.
I never expected to name these (other than 'little cuties')

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Oct 17, 2012
Submitted on Oct 17, 2012

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