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Spotted Orange Leaf Beetle

Paropsisterna 8-maculata

Description:

Length approx. 7mm

Habitat:

Open Woodland

1 Species ID Suggestions

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago
Spotted Orange Leaf Beetle
Paropsisterna 8-maculata Spotted Orange Leaf Beetle - Paropsisterna 8-maculata


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9 Comments

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 7 years ago

Thanks medusasnakes123

medusasnakes123
medusasnakes123 7 years ago

wow, at first glance it looks like a lady bug! great spotting!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 7 years ago

Thanks Maria

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Love the second shot!

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Most leaf beetles are monophgagous and Paropsine group favor Eucalyptus or Acacia. Your beetle is probably a mimic of a ladybird beetle or another chrysomelid (Calomela crassicornis) that mimics a ladybird beetle. Foodplant can often be definitive for identifying a beetle (and butterfly, moth etc.) and many entomologists soon learn some botany (and some latin).

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 7 years ago

Not too sure Martin, travelling back that way next week & will take a closer look. It did look like some type of eucalypt.

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Do you recall the foodplant Mac?
It looks like Bursaria.
The beetle certainly looks very interested.

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 7 years ago

Added photo

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 7 years ago

Added ID, Thanks Martin

MacChristiansen
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Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Feb 11, 2014
Submitted on Feb 11, 2014

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