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This common golden or green beetle is sometimes infused with red and sometimes almost entirely filling the elytra.
Your welcome, MartinL....
Very beautiful colors....
Two, very beautiful photos....a very beautiful, and a very colorful Beetle....
This beetle is very similar to P hectica on the mainland and probably should be considered the same species.
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
That's a gorgeous beetle Martin. Congratulations !
Congratulations, Martin. Well deserved, indeed.
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 "Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/projectnoah/pho...Twitter:https://twitter.com/projectnoah/status/9...
Spotted on Feb 14, 2018 Submitted on Feb 14, 2018
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