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Celtis Leaf Beetle - Menippus cynicus

Celtis Leaf Beetle - Menippus cynicus

Adults and larvae feed on the young foliage of introduced Chinese Elm trees (Celtis sinensis), a pest tree species in Brisbane. The larvae are black and caterpillar-like. This species is native to central coastal Queensland where it feeds on the native tree, Celtis paniculata.
Recently the beetle has expanded its range further south and is now common in Brisbane.
The length of the beetle is about 10 mm. The oval-shaped, convex body is dull brown with a black underside.

(Text Source: Queensland Museum)