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Dotted paropsine leaf beetle

The paropsine leaf beetle is a member of the genus Paropsis and the family Chrysomelidae. They have a roughly hemispherical body and are therefore easily mistaken for ladybird beetles in the family Coccinellidae. Paropsines are sometimes called tortoise leaf beetles because they can withdraw their feet within their shell to seal themselves safely from most predators. These beetles feed on Eucalyptus leaves. They are from Australia but some have been introduced into New Zealand and USA with live exports of Eucalyptus trees.


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