Aporocera (Aporocera) nr. erosa

The beetles presented here differ from Saunders’ (1843, 1845) brief descriptions of Aporocera erosa (under Ochrosopsis) chiefly by the black legs, antennae basally reddish, and patches of black on the under side of the body.  Saunders described the antennae as black, the legs as “light reddish brown”, and the under side of the body as “straw coloured”. Lee (1904) accepted the forms here, and those found in the South and South-East mainland of Australia, as “perhaps’ varietal of A. erosa which was originally described from a Western Australia specimen (Swan River).

Early March 2013
Knocklofty Reserve, nipaluna/Hobart
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Mid February 2014
Knocklofty Reserve, nipaluna/Hobart
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Mid February 2017
Knocklofty Reserve, nipaluna/Hobart
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Late February 2018
Knocklofty Reserve, nipaluna/Hobart
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Mid March 2018
Knocklofty Reserve, nipaluna/Hobart
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Late February 2011
Knocklofty Reserve, nipaluna/Hobart
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Late December 2011
Knocklofty Reserve, nipaluna/Hobart
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Late December 2013
Knocklofty Reserve nipaluna/Hobart
7mm On Sagg.
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Mid December 2014
Knocklofty Reserve nipaluna/Hobart
The wings of this individual were damaged.
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Early February 2016
Knocklofty Reserve nipaluna/Hobart
Dead
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Late February 2016
Knocklofty Reserve, nipaluna/Hobart
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Late December 2022
Knocklofty Reserve, nipaluna/ Hobart
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IMG 5450  IMG 5449  IMG 5448

References

Forster, L. n.d. “Chrysomelidae – Leaf beetles” in Tasmanian Beetles and Spiders. Last accessed 3rd February 2020. Available at: <href=”https://tasmanianinsectfieldguide.com/chrysomelidae-leafbeetles”>https://sites.google.com/site/lynneforster/chrysomelidae-leafbeetles
Lea, A. M. 1904. Notes on Australian and Tasmanian Cryptocephalides, with descriptions of new species. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 1904 : 329-461.
Saunders, W. W. 1843. Continuation of a memoir on the Chrysomelidae of New Holland, allied to Cryptocephalus. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 1 11: 59-59.
Saunders, W. W. 1845. Descriptions of the Chrysomelidae of Australia, allied to the genus Cryptocephalus. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 4: 141-154.