The paropsine leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) include the eucalyptus tortoise beetles (Paropsis) and eucalyptus leaf beetles (Paropsisterna) and their relatives. Larvae feeding on foliage can severely defoliate the crown. Repeated defoliations can have a significant impact on tree growth. In northern New South Wales and south east Queensland there are up to four generations a year, causing at least three peaks in defoliation.
Paropsis atomaria and Paropsisterna cloelia
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- PaDIL - Pests and Diseases Image Library
- Pest Genie - for current information on pesticides registered for use in forestry