Leaf Beetles Field Guild
Leaf Beetle Biology 
Seed Beetles
Orange-blue Leaf Beetle 
Lantana Leafminer 1
Lantana Leafminer 2
Green Tortoise Beetle
Orange Tortoise Beetle
Two-tailed Leaf Beetle 
Orange-black Cylinder Beetle  
Iridescent Cylinder Beetle
Long Cylinder Beetle 
Brown Cylinder Beetle
5-spotted Leaf Beetle 
Brown Swarming Leaf Beetle
Iridescent Monkey Beetle
Dark Green Monkey Beetle  
Acacia Leaf Beetle1
Acacia Leaf Beetle2
White Acacia Leaf Beetle 
Dotted-lines Paropsine
Tea Tree Leaf Beetle 
Gum Nut Leaf Beetle I
Gum Nut Leaf Beetle II
Gum Nut Leaf Beetle III  
Eight-spotted Leaf Beetle
Aerarium Leaf Beetle
Shiny Dark-brown Leaf Beetle 
Marble Leaf Beetle
Red-black-white Leaf Beetle
Red-white Leaf Beetle
Dark Brown Paropsine Beetle 
Green Strip LeafBeetle
I-Mark Leaf Beetle
Metallic Green Acacia Beetle
Silver Wattle Leaf Beetle
Acacia Golden Green Leaf Beetle
Dotted-head Acacia Beetle 
Pittosporum Beetle 1
Pittosporum Beetle 2
Small 9-Spotted Leaf Beetle
Small 4-Spotted Leaf Beetle
Dark Green Leaf Beetle
Metallic Green Leaf Beetle
9-Spotted Leaf Beetle
Flea Beetle 1
Flea Beetle 2
Small Brown-black Leaf Beetle
Small Blue Leaf Beetle
Two-spotted Leaf Beetle 
Celtis Leaf Beetle
Figleaf Beetle
Kangaroo Vine Leaf Beetle
Blue Oides Leaf Beetle
Red-shouldered Leaf Beetle
Synodita Leaf Beetle


Leaf Beetles - Genus Calomela 

Subfamily Chrysomelinae, FAMILY CHRYSOMELIDAE 

This page contains pictures and information about Leaf beetles of Genus Calomela that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Calomela species are particularly associated with Acacia. Both adults and larvae feed on the leaf, some adults feed on the flower as well. Calomela adults are  in medium size, usually have the narrow and flat body shape. Most of them are brightly coloured. They are native to New Guinea and Australia. Larvae are in globular shape. 
Green Strip Leaf Beetle
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Calomela pallida, body length 10mm 
We found this green leaf beetle in Alexandra Hill and Karawatha Forest during mid summer. It was wandering on a young Acacia tree. Although it was brightly green in colour, when it hided on a Acacia leaf in the shade, it was hardly be noticed. It was a slow moving insects. After we took a few pictures, it slowly walked to the leaf edge and flied to another young Acacia tree a couple of meters away. More pictures please click here.
I-Mark  Leaf Beetle
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Calomela crassicornis, adult body length 7mm, larva body length 7mm
The Acacia Leaf Beetles are orange in colour with a dark brown "I"-Mark pattern on thorax. There are also the dark drown patterns on wings cover. When we go for bush-walking near Alexandra Hill in mid summer. On every young Acacia tree (Black Wattle), we can easily found some of them resting on the leaves. They are slow moving, seem doing nothing until we disturbed. More pictures and information please click here.
Metallic Green Acacia Beetle
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Calomela ruficeps, body length 8mm
We found this metallic green leaf beetle on Acacia leaves a few times. Please check this page for more information. 
Silver Wattle Leaf Beetle
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Calomela ioptera, body length 10mm
Silver Wattle Leaf Beetle has the standard body shape of Calomela sp.. The head and thorax are orange brown in colour with black eyes and black antenna. The legs are orange brown too. The wing covers are orange brown covered with lines of metallic green-blue dots. The green-blue colours are slightly different between individuals. We found quite a number of them during March 2009. Details please check this page.
Acacia Golden Green Leaf Beetle
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Calomela juncta, body length 10mm
The beetle is golden green in colour with dark brown strips on its back. A number of them can be found on a Acacia tree. Please check this page for more information.
Dotted-head Acacia Beetle
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Calomela maculicollis, body length 10mm
We found this beetle on Acacia leaf. The beetle is metallic green in colour with black marks on orange-brown head and thorax. Please check this page for more infromation.  

1. Calomela Hope, 1840 - Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment and Heritage, Australia 2005.
2. A taxonomic revision of the Australian Chrysomelinae, with a key to the genera (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) - Reid, C.A.M., Zootaxa 1292, 2006.
3. Key to the Chrysomelinae of New South Wales - FaunaNet, Australian Museum, 2003. 
4. A Reappraisal of the Australian Species of the Genus Calomela Hope (Coleoptera : Chrysomelidae) - B. J. Selman, Australian Journal of Zoology 27(4) 561 - 584

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