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


Paropsine Leaf beetles  - Genus Paropsis

Subfamily Chrysomelinae, FAMILY CHRYSOMELIDAE 

This page contains pictures and information about Paropsine Leaf beetles of Genus Paropsis that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Female lay eggs
Paropsis species vary in size and colour, many are brightly coloured, with intricate patterns on the wing covers. They are medium size, around 10mm in body length. Most of them, both adults and larvae, feed on Myrtaceae, mostly on Gum tree (Eucalyptus), also on Red Ash (Angophora), Tea tree (Leptospermum), Box tree (Lophostemon) and Paper Back (Melaleuca). They are often called the Eucalypt Tortoise Beetles. Some species are considered as pests in eucalypt plantations.
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Empty egg-case of some Paropsis sp.   
Paropsis females lay eggs in clusters of different shape depend on species. Larvae are in the shape of caterpillar, grow up to 10-15mm.
Variole Paropsine Beetle
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Paropsis variolosa, body length 12mm
Those beetle adults and larvae feed on Eucalyptus tree leaves. They are beautiful brown colour with yellow dots, round convex in shape. We found them easily in bush on the young Eucalyptus tree. Usually they hide under the leaves. More information and pictures can be find in here.
Spotted Paropsine Beetle
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Paropsis maculata, body length adult 8mm, larva 6mm
This Leaf Beetle are commonly found on young Eucalyptus trees in Brisbane forests, from late spring to summer. They have golden yellow patterns on brown colour. More information and pictures can be find in here.
Dotted Paropsine Beetle
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Paropsis atomaria, body length 10mm 
We sometimes saw this beetle on gum leaf in Karawatha Forest during mid summer. More pictures and information please visit this page.
Dotted-lines Paropsine Beetle
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Paropsis ornata, body length 10mm 
We found this Leaf Beetle twice, one on Acacia and the other on Eucalyptus. The beetles were shiny bright, golden brown with dotted creamy-white lines on the back. Please click on here for more information.
Red-blue Banded Leaf Beetle
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Paropsis obsoleta, body length 10mm 
We found this leaf beetle in Karawatha Forest a few times during mid summer Nov-Dec 2007. We have more pictures and information in this page.
Tea Tree Leaf Beetle
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Paropsis pictipennis (Procrisina pictipennis), body length 10mm 
We found this leaf beetle hiding on Tea Tree on Sep 2010 in Karawatha Forest near the Lagoon. Please check this page for more infromation. 

Those Leaf Beetle larvae are quite commonly found but still we do not know what are the adults look like. 
Unknown Leaf Beetle Larvae 1
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Unknown Leaf Beetle Larvae 2
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1. A taxonomic revision of the Australian Chrysomelinae, with a key to the genera (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) - Reid, C.A.M., Zootaxa 1292, 2006.
2. Leaf beetles (Paropsines) - S. A. Lawson and J. King, Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Queensland, 2006. 
3. eucalyptus tortoise beetle Paropsis spp. - PaDIL, Pest and Diseases Image Library, 2007.
4. Paropsis Olivier, 1807 - Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment and Heritage, Australia 2005.
5. Key to the Chrysomelinae of New South Wales - FaunaNet, Australian Museum, 2003.   

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