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Unidentified at suppressed - 14 Jan 2022
Unidentified at suppressed - 14 Jan 2022
Unidentified at suppressed - 14 Jan 2022
Unidentified at suppressed - 14 Jan 2022
Unidentified at suppressed - 14 Jan 2022
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Identification history

Paropsisterna agricola 27 Jan 2022 trevorpreston
Paropsisterna cloelia 2 27 Jan 2022 trevorpreston
Unidentified 14 Jan 2022 trevorpreston

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Leaf beetle about 10mm, very black and shiny.


   27 Jan 2022
I've spoken to Kim Pullen, he's pretty sure this is Paropsisterna cloelia.
   27 Jan 2022
@tpreston Thanks Trevor. I did consider this but not being an expert the photos I'd seen of this species were more reddish around the head area. However, I'm happy to have Kim's expert opinion. Alison
   27 Jan 2022
Kim's just messaged me, and after a longer look he's now sure it's P agricola. Sorry about that.
   27 Jan 2022
From Kim "I've just checked further, and I'll correct the ID to Paropsisterna agricola, which has an all-black form (although it's a small minority of the overall population). It seems the dark form of P. cloelia still has some yellow or red around the sides of the elytra."
   27 Jan 2022
Thanks. That's why I wasn't sure of the original suggestion.

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Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 14 Jan 2022 11:44 AM Recorded on
  • trevorpreston Recorded by

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  • 5mm to 12mm Animal size

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