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Leaf beetle life cycle

Paropsisterna fastidiosa

Description:

Numerous blushed leaf beetles on young eucalyptus saplings. I saw the whole range of larval stages on the same tree.

Notes:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/40325561@N0... http://www.flickr.com/photos/zosterops/5... http://www.tfic.net.au/SpeciesPages/Paro... According to unpublished keys to Paropsisterna by David deLittle, this insect is P. Fastidiosa.

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17 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Thanks LeanneGardner.
We've only 122 species of Paropsisterna to spot.

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 7 years ago

Brilliant!

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

There is a tentative name for these in Tasmania. Paropsisterna ovata. http://www.flickr.com/photos/zosterops/6...
They seem to be primarily green and red. Variicollis differs by markings on the pronotum (which mine seem to also have some) and a "mostly black ventral surface and legs" http://www.flickr.com/photos/zosterops/6... http://www.flickr.com/photos/zosterops/5...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

We visited these today thanks to your directions Martin. What a wonderful little 'spottings' area ! It will take a week to recover from all the 'clicking'. Also I was thinking a good name for these is Apple paropsids especially as they have them in Tasmania.

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Thanks StephenSolomons
Thanks Marta RubioTexeira

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Very descriptive spotting, martinl. Thanks for sharing!

StephenSolomons
StephenSolomons 7 years ago

very nice!

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Thanks Daniele.
Thanks Luis.

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

Amazing series Martin!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thanks Martin!

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Daniele, these pics were all taken on the same small tree at the same time. As chrysomelidae species are often found mixed together it can be a guess about who owns which larvae. There were no other species nearby so I am confident to attribute each of these stages to this species.

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Thanks Mark.
I wondered that too but I think the colors are quite different. I was thinking of this one that K. Walker didn't give a name to http://www.padil.gov.au/pests-and-diseas... The larval stages also are different. I have seen another in NSW that is close to p. Variicollis http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/171...

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Great series Martin! Over what period of time did you find all these stages?

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

This might be P variicollis? https://91adcd43-a-62cb3a1a-s-sites.goog...

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

...Right ! heading that way soon....thank you. All we've got here are nowArmyworm and Cutworm moths.

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Wicks Reserve in The Basin is not far from you.
I found them on about ten different young saplings. About one in ten was much more pink than the others.
I also saw one P. atomaria and one pair of P. variicollis, a tiny Arkys and a stick insect.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Martin, have you started painting these ?? you must have such a lovely collection ! they look like lollies....hope I get to see some of these this season.

MartinL
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MartinL

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Oct 8, 2013
Submitted on Oct 8, 2013

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