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Tortiose leaf beetle

Paropsis pantherina

Description:

Hey, here is a new species! An attractive red banded paropsine leaf beetle in the obsoleta group.

Habitat:

East Gippsland found on Eucalyptus, as this genus always is.

Notes:

P. obsoleta the red-blue banded leaf beetle is rather different but these two are united in EOL and ALA. I thought this was an error and my species id is P. pantherina but it appears now that both are the same species (P. obsoleta). PaDIL seems to have them distinct and I have followed that reasoning. http://www.ipmimages.org/browse/detail.c... http://www.ipmimages.org/browse/detail.c... I still kind of think I am right and there are two species, or should be, but all the experts disagree with me so what more can I say :(

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10 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 6 years ago

I have seen these twice now and consider this a different species from obsoleta.
https://sites.google.com/site/paropsispa...

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

Thank you Stephen and venusflutrap

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

cool design

StephenSolomons
StephenSolomons 8 years ago

still a very nice find!

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

I've only got eleven Paropsis species, not including P. charybdis and P. intermadia. :(

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Good idea. 72 isn't too many.

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

Thanks Mark, Wouldn't it be nice to have a list to check off all 72 NAMED species of Paropsis, just like we used to collect footy cards and paste them into marked spaces to make up the whole team :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Excellent addition. What a little cracker. You'll just have to breed your own to prove or otherwise.

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

This beetle is confirmed to be Paropsis obsoleta. Thanks Ken and Chris.
( "I asked Chris Reid for his opinion and he immediately replied P. obsoleta which is the type species for this genus.")

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

for the record, Paul Zborowski calls this beetle P. obsoleta in his Field Guide to Insects in Australia.

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Mar 13, 2014
Submitted on Mar 13, 2014

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