BeetleRupilia sp.

Terrestrial leaf beetle at Brogo, NSW

4 images

Rupilia sp. at Brogo, NSW - 11 Dec 2016
Rupilia sp. at Brogo, NSW - 11 Dec 2016
Rupilia sp. at Brogo, NSW - 11 Dec 2016
Rupilia sp. at Brogo, NSW - 11 Dec 2016
Rupilia sp. at Brogo, NSW - 11 Dec 2016
Rupilia sp. at Brogo, NSW - 11 Dec 2016
Rupilia sp. at Brogo, NSW - 11 Dec 2016

Identification history

Beetle Rupilia sp. 12 Oct 2017 KimPullen
Beetle Rupilia sp. 12 Oct 2017 KimPullen
Beetle Lamprolina impressicollis 23 Dec 2016 MaxCampbellUltra Reporter - MaxCampbell has reported over 500 sightings!
Unidentified 12 Dec 2016 MaxCampbellUltra Reporter - MaxCampbell has reported over 500 sightings!

Author's notes

Beetle 10mm long on the road verge. The Bullant (Myrmecia tarsata) was pretty interested; Circled fearsomely a couple of times laying feelers on the battered wing casings then abruptly lost interest and marched off.

4 comments

KimPullen wrote:
   18 Dec 2016
A leaf beetle (Chrysomelidae) of the subfamily Galerucinae. Further work required to get to genus and species.
   23 Dec 2016
Hi Kim, Looks like it could be Pittosporum Beetle - Lamprolina impressicollis.
"This beetle's food plant is Bursaria spinosa a member of the Pittosporaceae plant family." I'll check our local Bursaria for more evidence.
Here are a few ID references:
http://www.bowerbird.org.au/observations/25777
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/1135466012/fullscreen
http://www.saveourwaterwaysnow.com.au/01_cms/details.asp?viewMode=printable&ID=270
   24 Dec 2016
Hi Kim, I belatedly notice that the project Noah ID reference is actually for Lamprolina aeneipennis. I'm inclined now to think this might be our beetle as it appears to come in orange as well as red and the lower limbs are black as in my photos rather than orange as in the Lamprolina impressicollis images.
KimPullen wrote:
   10 Jan 2017
Hi Max. The colours are similar, but compared to Lamprolina, this one has the elytra more rounded at the sides and more convex, and the prothorax is a different shape. Lamprolina falls in a different subfamily (Chrysomelinae).

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