Sighting

Joan Hales 16 Oct 2013

Beautiful Leaf Beetle

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Sighted 19 Oct 2004
Lance Creek VIC 3995, Australia

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  • Martin Lagerwey 16 October 2013
    Paropsisterna nobilitata
    (species)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Paropsisterna: nobilitata
    Common Names: Beetles, Chrysomelids, leaf beetles
    Martin Lagerwey says

    Very nice. Nine years ago... you've been holding out on us Joan. I guess nobilitata would be the noble leaf beetle. This one is definitely on my bucket list.

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  • Ken Walker 16 October 2013
    Paropsisterna gloriosa
    (species)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Paropsisterna: gloriosa
    Common Names: Beetles, Chrysomelids, leaf beetles
    Ken Walker says

    Hi Martin. This is actually P. gloriosa -- an even more grand name! In 2013, Dr Chris Reid (Australian Museum) published a paper called "A new species of Paropsisterna Motschulsky, 1860, a significant pest of plantation eucalypts in Tasmania and Ireland (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Chrysomelinae)". In this paper, he produced colour images for a number of Paropsisterna species and included a dorsal colour identification image for P. gloriosa which matches the above image perfectly. Here is the URL to that paper's PDF: http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2013/f/zt03681p404.pdf Cheers Ken

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  • Joan Hales 16 October 2013
    Chrysomelidae
    (family)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
    Joan Hales says

    A species that seemed to prefer Eucalyptus radiata foliage.

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Notes

  • Joan Hales 16 October 2013
    Tagged With "leaf beetle:
    Joan Hales says

    Has not been seen in the past few years, probably due to the severe cutting back of roadside vegetation.

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