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Leaf beetle

Chrysophtharta variicollis

Description:

A small leaf beetle flys away from her eggs and larvae.

Habitat:

Prolific on planted saplings of yellow box at Eastfield Park.

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18 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

Three stages of the leaf beetle seen here http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/108...

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

Thanks Nicole and Mayra

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Incredible capture!

NicoleB
NicoleB 9 years ago

Awesome to have them all in one shot (even though placed by you).
Well done!

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

No Karen. This proximity is coincidental. The eggs were placed there by me to picture them with the two beetles and larvae.

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Awesome series! Is she brooding her eggs? If she is this would be a great one to add to the Brooding Behavior mission!

FoTony
FoTony 9 years ago

Hi Martinl, Yes they do show up, Thanks.

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

FoTony. All the images have been re loaded and I hope you have better luck now.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

You could go n TV with the weather man and give beetle forecasts.

that other 'flickr' shot is pretty spectacular too
http://www.flickr.com/photos/49029566@N0...

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

I will load #2 again and maybe that will help.
argybee, I have seen thousands of leaf beetles washed up on Westernport bay, off Grantville, all drowned, in about 2000. I anticipate this again.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

That flickr image is amazing ! Hard to believe it's not a setup.

FoTony
FoTony 9 years ago

Could be, whatever I try it just won't work. But if it shows on your computer it must be ok. Thanks for the support.

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

Each atomaria has dozens of pupae in the leaf litter now. I expect a huge explosion of these by summer end. Some areas have extensive predation by wasps (Lillydale Lake) and leaf larvae are immobilized!!! Concerning plagueing, check this... http://www.flickr.com/photos/49029566@N0...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Pics are showing here FoTony. It's probably a caching and internet lag problem. Click reload.

Yeah we went searching yesterday and I remember thinking atomaria is not around although it was common a few weeks ago.

FoTony
FoTony 9 years ago

Nice pictures but now photo two is not showing!

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

You could collect a bucket full of these in Eastfield park, but almost no P. atomaria here. Interesting. The yellow box has tiny pale leaves and seem to be favored. There's also extensive galling here, which leaf beetles mimic.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Excellent pics martin. These beetles are having a fantastic season aren't they

FoTony
FoTony 9 years ago

Photo 1 is not showing!

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jan 10, 2012
Submitted on Jan 10, 2012

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