Tortoise Beetle
Pink Desert Leaf Beetle
Dotted Paropsine Leaf Beetle (Paropsis carnosa)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Leaf Beetle (Chrysomelidae)
Species: Dotted Paropsine Leaf Beetle (Paropsis carnosa)
This Photo:     Posterior

Thank you Martin Lagerwey for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
In relation to the difference between Paropsis & Paropsisterna sp, Martin said "Paropsis has some verrucae (bumps) on the elytra. They also usually have randomly placed elytral puncturation and margin of pronotum is crenulate (wavy) or acervate. Paropsisterna have smooth elytra without bumps and with punctured aligned in ten neat rows. The edge of the pronotum is entirely smooth. These features should be considered together. There are other more reliable differences underneath, which is rarely seen in photographs."

Copyright © 2012-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 06-Oct-2012
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.