Altica corrusca

Blue Metallic Flea Beetle, Altica corrusca. These beetles have long been known in Tasmania under “Altica pagana” but this name has proven to be a junior synonym (Reid & Beetson 2015). Blue metallic  Arsipoda beetles can be readily confused with this species but can be separated by having elytral punctures in distinct series, as opposed to being confused in Altica.

Late October 2012
Mount Field National Park
Often found on Buzzies (Acaena novae-zelandiae).
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Late November 2015
Sandfly
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Early October 2021
Henslows Reserve, Ulverstone.
Aggregation on a roadside verge covered in buzzies.
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Phone images of the same scene

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Mid September 2023
Longley
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Early January 2024
Edgar Dam
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Larvae

Late November 2022
Peter Murrell Reserve, Blackmans Bay
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Late November 2022
Peter Murrell Reserve, Blackmans Bay
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Altica corrusca

Late November 2022
Peter Murrell Reserve, Blackmans Bay
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Altica corrusca