Subject: Purple beetle found at Machu Picchu
Location: Machu Picchu, Peru
March 3, 2016 6:59 pm
One of my friend encountered this beetle at Machu Picchu.
She would like to identify the insect.
The first picture is the one she took.
By googling extensively, I found only one picture of the beetle.
The second picture is the one I found. It was also taken at Machu Picchu. And, the photographer wrote it is scarab. Looking at the shape, I doubt is is a scarab.
Could you identify the beetle?
Signature: Masaya

Leaf Beetle

Leaf Beetle

Dear Masaya,
This is a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, not a Scarab Beetle.  We located a matching image on Project Noah, but it is not identified beyond the family.  Perhaps Cesar Crash of Insetologia will have additional information.

Thank you very much for your answer. I was surprised that you found this so soon. I was searching internet for hours and found just the scarab information.
Thank you, again.

Location: Machu Picchu, Peru

2 Responses to Leaf Beetle from Peru

  1. Cesar Crash says:

    It is certainly Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae. I am not that sure, but coloration looks like Dircema species:[email protected]/4278426363/in/photolist-7w55rH-7w8VZG-7w546M-7wKCRr-89RzrT

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