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Peltoschema jucunda

Peltoschema jucunda

Description:

This tiny green beetle is very convex and patterned with black spots. It comes from a group that are coccinellid mimics, however there are no green ladybird beetles.

Habitat:

Feeding on flowers ad foliage of Davesia (bush Pea).

Notes:

It comes from a group that are coccinellid mimics, however there are no green ladybird beetles.

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7 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 3 years ago

Thanks Daniele. It is another favourite group of mine and endemic to Perth. I will go back over there to hopefully find more but I think they are all only green and hiding in foliage rather than mimicking beetles in this case.

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 3 years ago

That is a cool little critter. Love the first shot Martin. Thank you for sharing :)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

These ladybird mimics are fantastic Martin!

MartinL
MartinL 3 years ago

Thanks Mark
Thanks maplemoth

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 3 years ago

Two, beautiful photos, and a beautiful Beetle....

MartinL
MartinL 3 years ago

Good theory, Mark. Some Calomela such as testacea can be green or orange , depending, probably on age. Larvae of Acacia feeding Peltoschemas are yellow if eating pollen and green if eating foliage. I know of no examples in adult Peltoschema but with a sample size of only one - maybe.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Looks to be a WA endemic too.
Could it be an unripe version of your reddish ones from Perth?

MartinL
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on Sep 22, 2017
Submitted on Feb 22, 2018

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