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Tortoise leaf beetle

Chrysophtharta variicollis

Description:

Small spotted hemispherical tortoise leaf beetle. Pic#4 shows eggs while hatching.

Habitat:

Young leaves of Eucalyptus

Notes:

Tortoise beetle #11 The black beetle is undetermined and probably a (rarer) color variation of the same species. The mating pair spotted and added Feb 18 2012 Here is a closer one http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/148...

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11 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

Thank you Karen and ashish and asergio

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

I loved this, Martin.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Martin thanks for perfect info...

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

At least it looks like they know what to do - unlike the hapless ladybugs I found last week! http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/101...

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

That's cool. Thanks carol. There's lots of bugs doing this lots of the time but tortoise beetles are especially comical because they are rotund and it looks like a major challenge. Maybe they should try bug style http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/819...

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 8 years ago

Great! Shared at my FB group because this week's theme is THE LOVE BUGS! HA!

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

I've added another pic to this set

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

Argy, there is some possibility that the black beetle is a melanic color variation in this species. They do look very similar otherwise. Sexual dimorphism is minimal in this species but most marked in the other species that I've just posted. http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/814...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Nice shots thanks martinl.
Now I can tell a bit more about the confusing mass of pictures I'm sifting through.
I like the light and dark beetles together - is that possibly male & female?

courtneyhitson
courtneyhitson 9 years ago

Nice find!

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Dec 21, 2011
Submitted on Dec 21, 2011

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