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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.
On Eucalyptus microcarpa? in an outer urban back yard.
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.
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.
Spotted on Oct 19, 2014
Submitted on Oct 19, 2014
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