Subject: Head Like a Parrot with a Black Jacket
Location: Japan, Tokyo
October 8, 2012 12:12 am
Hi, I’m living in Tokyo and discovered this cheeky character feasting on my flowers yesterday 10-06-2012 I’ve searched all over the web and in a few books but can’t seem to place him.
We love your subject line. We found your Leaf Beetle on FlickR where it is identified as a Japanese Poplar Leaf Beetle, Aulacophora nigripennis. We then verified that identification on Natural Japan where it states: ” This species is very common. It eats the leaves of wild plants such as gourds (uri), but also attacks commercial crops (e.g. soybeans and carnations).” The Japanese name is given as “kuro-uri-hamushi.”