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A lovely beetle!

Paropsis bella

Description:

Bellissima! Or actually, bellissio, for this is a male, indicated by its longer antennae. Some leaf beetles are scarce and this colorful specimen has been on my wish list for two years and required searching in higher branches of alpine gums.

Habitat:

Manna type gums .

Notes:

We searched for this species for ages. What a reward! Bella means beautiful.

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5 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

That is special!

MartinL
MartinL 5 years ago

Thanks Christiane.
This one is only Victoria and NSW.
We've had to go to the mountains because beetles are scarce during mid summer.

Christiane
Christiane 5 years ago

Great spotting.. I have not seen any of them at my new place.

MartinL
MartinL 5 years ago

Thanks InêsVeloso
This one is actually a boy, you can tell by the long antennae.
I guess I should say bellissimo.

InêsVeloso
InêsVeloso 5 years ago

nice shots!

MartinL
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MartinL

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Feb 4, 2016
Submitted on Feb 4, 2016

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