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Tasmanian Gold Leaf Beetle

Paropsisterna aurea

Description:

This common golden or green beetle is sometimes infused with red and sometimes almost entirely filling the elytra.

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13 Comments

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 3 years ago

Your welcome, MartinL....

MartinL
MartinL 3 years ago

Thanks maplemoth662

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 3 years ago

Very beautiful colors....

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 3 years ago

Two, very beautiful photos....a very beautiful, and a very colorful Beetle....

MartinL
MartinL 3 years ago

This beetle is very similar to P hectica on the mainland and probably should be considered the same species.

MartinL
MartinL 3 years ago

Thank you Daniele.
Thank you Sergio.
Thank you Mark and Leuba together since you share the same computer.
Thank you António.
The red is also believed to be associated with a winter form in this bivoltine species but I'm not sure how it operates.

Beautiful capture Martin,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 3 years ago

That's a gorgeous beetle Martin. Congratulations !

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Congrats Martin.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 3 years ago

Congratulations, Martin. Well deserved, indeed.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

Congratulations Martin, this beautifully colored specimen of Tasmanian Gold Leaf Beetle is our Spotting of the Day:

"This beautiful specimen might be mostly red, but you're looking at a Tasmanian Gold Leaf Beetle (Paropsisterna aurea), our Spotting of the Day. Paropsisterna is a genus of leaf beetles (family Chrysomelidae) indigenous to Papua New Guinea and Australia. Many have brilliant aposematic colours and feed on eucalyptus leaves. Paropsisterna aurea is usually golden or green, but can also be infused with red sometimes almost entirely filling the elytra as seen here. This Tasmanian endemic is close to Australian mainland's Paropsisterna hectica, and the two species may eventually become synonymised.
Martin maintains his own site dedicated to the documentation of Paropsisterna species in Australia. Check it out: https://buff.ly/2o2q1BC "

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maplemoth662
maplemoth662 3 years ago

Your welcome, MartinL....

MartinL
MartinL 3 years ago

Thanks maplemoth662

MartinL
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Tasmania, Australia

Spotted on Feb 14, 2018
Submitted on Feb 14, 2018

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