Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 7:56 PM
I came across a couple of these elusive leaf beetles in my yard. To the naked eye they are just a very tiny plain black beetle. They are only about 2mm long. I did a google search on them and only found a few entries and no photos so thought you might like to be the first site with a picture. I love their spiky wing case.
Thanks so much for giving us the honor of posting your landmark photo of Hispellinus australicus, a Leaf Beetle. It surely is a distinctive looking specimen.