Paropsine BeetleParopsis maculata Paropsis porosa Paropsis sospita

One of the many species of Leaf Beetles (Paropsis sospita), found along the east coast of Australia. The Leaf Beetle pictured here

Some of the Paropsis genus display bright colours and patterns on the flamboyant scale, whilst other have a colour and pattern palette that appear to mimic leaf galls, and most likely aid them in camouflage against the foliage and trees that they are found on.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Subclass: Pterygota
  • Order: Coleoptera
  • Suborder: Polyphaga
  • Infraorder: Cucujiformia
  • Superfamily: Chrysomeloidea
  • Family: Chrysomelidae
  • Subfamily: Chrysomelinae
  • Tribe: Gonioctenini
  • Subtribe: Paropsina
  • Genus: Paropsis
  • Species: Paropsis sospita

Footnote & References

  1. Photographs © Dianne Bickers, Nature Photos from My Garden, Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086275255680
  2. Genus Paropsis, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/201883-Paropsis
  3. Paropsis sospita, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/776547-Paropsis-sospita
  4. A Study of Genus Paropsis Leaf Beetles, Martin Lagerwey (B.Sc. App.Biol.), https://sites.google.com/site/paropsispages/home

Paropsine BeetleParopsis maculata Paropsis porosa Paropsis sospita

ColeopteraAmarygmus sp Anoplognathus sp Aphanestes gymnopleura Buprestidae Carphurus Cerambycidae Coleoptera (Beetles) Curculionidae Digitonthophagus gazella Dung Beetle Eretes australis Helea scaphiformis Johannica gemellata (Pandorea Leaf Beetle) Ladybirds (Beetles) Lepidiota Lucanidae Neospades sp Lycidae Omorgus Paropsine Beetle Paropsisterna sp Phorticosomus sp Pittosporum Leaf Beetle (Lamprolina impressicollis) Protaetia fusca Pterohelaeus sp Rhipiceridae Scarabaeidae Xylophilostenus octophyllus

InsectsBees Beetles Blattodea Butterflies Coleoptera Cicada Crabronidae Diptera Dragonflies & Damselflies Formicidae Hemiptera Heteroptera (True Bugs) Mango Planthopper Moths Orthoptera Orthopteroid Processionary Caterpillar Stink Bugs, Shield Bugs and Allies Syrphidae Wasps Water Scorpion (Laccotrephes tristis) Witchetty Grub