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Acacia leaf beetle larva

Dicranosterna immaculata


Tiny spotty balloon on legs looks almost ready to become an adult leaf beetle. About 7mm long. The only other species (many adults) on this tree were Peltoschema orphana.


On Acacia dealbata in a local nature reserve. Glenfern Valley.


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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Thanks Martin. There were actually a couple of D immaculata adults on other plants in the area.

MartinL 8 years ago

Mark, I have pondered your beetle larva and decided I was wrong to call it calomela. Dicranosterna immaculata is also a bipinnate acacia feeder. It has spotted globular larvae which I have seen several times.
This larva would have been a bit larger than any Calomela.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Thanks Martin.

MartinL 8 years ago

The globular larvae are calomela and my images might be differen species or early instars.
And the Peltoschema larvae are larviform.

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Upwey, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Oct 19, 2015
Submitted on Oct 19, 2015

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