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Subject:  Eucalyptus Leaf Beetles found in Mount Washington
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
April 25, 2017
About two weeks ago, we were walking down the street and we noticed that something was chewing the leaves of a big eucalyptus tree growing on the side of the road.  Sure enough, we found Eucalyptus Leaf Beetles,
Paropsisterna m-fuscum, including one larva.  When we returned to take some images, we could not locate the larva.  According to BugGuide:  “native to Australia, introduced into so. CA (ca. 2003).”  According to iNaturalist:  “This insect can become very prolific and is a serious pest species in the forestry industry. This particular species is a problem on Blue Gum in California, USA.  The beetles are pale, with variable brown markings on the elytra and pronotum and sometimes with bright flaring at the base of the elytra. The larvae are larviform and pale green like the leaves they eat.”

Eucalyptus Leaf Beetle

Eucalyptus Leaf Beetle

 

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California

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