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Acacia leaf beetle

Peltoschema sp.

Description:

Ladybird beetle ??? Leaf beetle ??? We're going with leaf beetle.

Habitat:

Solitary on acacia

Notes:

Tortoise beetle #10

1 Species ID Suggestions

Ladybug
Chilocorinae .. perhaps Exochomus sp.? Chilocorinae


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12 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

There seems sufficient variation there to cover for this one.

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Martin, have noticed that your enthusiasm and knowledge of bugs is superb. Can you please help with the id of the following: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/712... ?

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

I think its a leaf beetle. Thanks for your assistance lori,aRGyBee and dave. Please look out for its species ID.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

thanks lori - I see your point

lori.tas
lori.tas 8 years ago

Argy, check the distribution for Sticholotis quadrimaculata and I think you'll find it's a strictly east coast critter.

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

Yes, thanks. I have a similar one here with the same flaired rim along the bottom http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/791... I don't see the same lip on my spotting and am leaning to lori's suggestion of a leaf beetle.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

sorry martin here's the pic
http://www.ento.csiro.au/biology/ladybir...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

I know your pic looks red spots martin but how about...Sticholotis quadrimaculata

http://www.ento.csiro.au/biology/ladybir...

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

I had that same suspicion lori.tas but the colors looked too similar to ladybeetles. The acacia threw me too. I'm not clear on the distinguishing features other than diet.

lori.tas
lori.tas 8 years ago

I'm just taking a guess, but it seems more leaf-beetle (Paropsisterna) shaped than ladybird beetle shaped. http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_...

skinheaddave
skinheaddave 8 years ago

So the best I can find online is that your various black-with-red-spot ladybugs are all contained in the family Chilocorinae. Some from the genus Exochomus seem closest ... but with so many listed species not having associated photos and the serious questions surrounding how THOSE photos were IDed it is hard to say. Impossible, perhaps, from just a picture.

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Dec 2, 2011
Submitted on Dec 17, 2011

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