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Glorious leaf beetle

Paropsisterna gloriosa

Description:

Big smiles today because this much sought after beetle was found in our back yard. The first one I saw also saw me and did it's usual trick of falling into the grass below. (some swearing) After many long minutes I found a second one and was a lot more careful.
About 10mm long the lower elytra and pronotum is almost clear while the top has magnificent patterns in rich blue, red and yellow.

Habitat:

On Eucalyptus microcarpa? in an outer urban back yard.

Notes:

The mix and placement of blue, red and yellow can vary considerably in this species and might give rise to confusion with another one, Paropsisterna annularis.
family: CHRYSOMELIDAE
subfamily: Chrysomelinae
http://bie.ala.org.au/species/Paropsiste...
Apparently these little beauties were inadvertently taken to NZ with plantation eucalyptus and became a pest problem there. A tiny parasitic wasp (Enoggera nassaui) was introduced and seems to be having some results.

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23 Comments

Beautiful!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks ForestDragon and sunnyjosef

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

Glorious indeed! Glad you were able to get some images of this beauty!

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 7 years ago

Great find Mark!!! Beautiful!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks all for positive comments. Yes lucky this genus is amusing with so many so alert and so ready to just drop. :)

Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel 7 years ago

Awesome

Beautiful series Mark,great info too,congrats and thanks for sharing

AshleyT
AshleyT 7 years ago

Great story to go along with such a pretty little guy!

chambers.molly8
chambers.molly8 7 years ago

Very nice !

LuckyLogan
LuckyLogan 7 years ago

Wow, nice find Mark! Sounds like a tricky little beetle.

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Yes indeed. The apical blotch extending outwards obliquely hindward and continuous with the lateral vitta or nearly so.
This makes Diannes image look more like annulus.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks Pam. Martin are we still working with the descending angle of the yellow patch theory?.. :)

James McNair
James McNair 7 years ago

Got SOTD written all over it me thinks!

pamsai
pamsai 7 years ago

well done Mark...it's really beautiful. One happy Marky-boy I imagine!

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Well done Mark. They are very nice to see.
You will notice from my images on ALA that one is gloriosa, next is annularis and the third, with two in the image are annularis and nobilitata. The Queensland image by Dianne is possibly correctly named by Ken Walker but does not fit the original Blackburn description well enough for me to have an opinion.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks James. Only been waiting 2 years to see these. :)

James McNair
James McNair 7 years ago

Great shots and wonderful colors Mark.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks Charlie and Ernst. Funny.. my camera died just after these and I didn't care much. :)

CharliePrice
CharliePrice 7 years ago

What a beauty !!! the things we find in our own yard....i would have been smiling too ! Great set

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks gals. Made my day.

VivBraznell
VivBraznell 7 years ago

What a Sunday treat .. love its little feet in image 2. Nice series of images : )

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Exciting find ! Well done and so happy he/she's in our backyard. Those colours still amaze me..

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Pretty!

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Oct 19, 2014
Submitted on Oct 19, 2014

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