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Length approx. 7mm
wow, at first glance it looks like a lady bug! great spotting!
Love the second shot!
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).
Not too sure Martin, travelling back that way next week & will take a closer look. It did look like some type of eucalypt.
Do you recall the foodplant Mac?It looks like Bursaria. The beetle certainly looks very interested.
Added ID, Thanks Martin
Spotted on Feb 11, 2014 Submitted on Feb 11, 2014
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