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Saw this ???leaf beetle larvae ( chrysomelinae) on a leaf in my garden. It moved very fast and was gone in a flash. I did try to find it on the bush but it just disappeared. I’ve tried to identify it on the net and I am not sure if I’ve got it right. It does look a bit like the elm leaf beetle which is a pest. Can someone please help me to identify this larvae?

Trish Meyer,a RB member has kindly given me the link to identify this beautiful larvae.It is a fungus eating ladybird ( Illeis galbula) larvae that feeds only on powdery mildew type of fungus ( Oidium sp.Erysiphales).How interesting!

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Let Animals Stay Free 21st March 2011

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  • Edge-of-dreams
    Edge-of-dreamsalmost 4 years ago

    I have no idea Pat, never seen this before. What a beautiful macro!

  • Thanks Mia for your lovely comment.You are a good teacher and that is why I am able to take all these macro on manual.First time that I have seen this in my garden.He was camera shy.

    – patcheah

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 4 years ago

  • Karue
    Karuealmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you so much for the feature,greatly appreciated. Lovely banner!

    – patcheah

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your beautiful feature amazing work.

  • Thank you for dropping by and your lovely comment.

    – patcheah

  • Michelle Munday
    Michelle Mundayalmost 4 years ago

    It does look VERY similar to the Larvae in this article so you could be right

  • Thanks Michelle for taking the trouble to look it up,greatly appreciated. It seemed to have disappeared from the bush.It is a strange caterpillar,it sort of run very fast :)

    – patcheah

  • Jason Weigner
    Jason Weignerover 3 years ago

    I think you’ve got it, looks like a leaf beetle larva to me

  • Thanks Jason for your information,greatly appreciated. He is so cute,love the patterns :)

    – patcheah

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 3 years ago

    awesome image…very clear and detailed! The larva are often SO hard to ID…i’d not have even known where to begin. WTG Michelle for the ID and Pat for a great ‘catch’!

  • Thanks Carla for dropping by and your compliment,much appreciated. I have been to that bush everyday,turning all the leaves over but no sign of him.I thought he might have other siblings :(

    – patcheah

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 3 years ago

    Something about bugs? It’s always by THEIR schedual not by ours that they want to be photographed…lol What time of season is it down there right now? There might be more as the season goes out or maybe it was the last of it’s group?

  • It is autumn now and not a lot of bugs to be found,raining and cold most days .I think my neighbours are thinking that I am secretly taking pics of them. I always have a camera hung on my neck whenever I am in the garden. LOL

    – patcheah

  • KiriLees
    KiriLeesover 3 years ago

    Such a creepy critter you got there. BTW awesome shot!

  • hanks for your lovely comment. LOL,he is creepy but sort of in a cute way. He is very small and scuttled through the leaves. I was so excited to spot him that I nearly fell into the bush trying to follow him. The things we do to get a pic :O

    – patcheah

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