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Leaf Beetle

Paropsisterna crocata


A beautiful high-backed beetle with peach-coloured elytra and a greenish pronotum. The elytra were pitted.


Spotted on a eucalyptus tree (species not known) in a national park.


There were not many beetles around this time of year - just coming out of winter so this was an exciting find !
Paropsisterna are beetle indigenous to Papua New Guinea and Australia. Many of them feed on Eucalyptus leaves.
Family: Chrysomelidae

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

Wow Ashley ! So unexpected. Thank you so much for the honour. It is a beautiful beetle and I was so excited to find one this season, when all looked dim for beetles.

AshleyT 6 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Another over-wintered gem. Great find.

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 6 years ago

Wow, what an interesting-looking beetle. Great find!

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Sep 28, 2017
Submitted on Sep 28, 2017

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