A beautifully coloured Leaf Beetle, photographed at Hogsback in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
’n Blaarkewer in die familie Chrysomelidae.

The family Chrysomelidae, commonly known as leaf beetles, includes over 35,000 species in more than 2,500 genera, making it one of the largest and most commonly encountered of all beetle families.
Adult and larval leaf beetles feed on all sorts of plant tissue. Many are serious pests of cultivated plants. Others are beneficial due to their use in biocontrol of invasive weeds.
Most Chrysomelidae are conspicuously colored, typically in glossy yellow to red or metallic blue-green hues, and some, especially Cassidinae, have spectacularly bizarre shapes.

Camera: CanonEOS 500D Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens


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My husband and I live in Jansenville in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. We both love nature, and therefore most of my subjects are the incredible wealth of fauna and flora in Southern Africa. I also write poetry in Afrikaans (one of the eleven official languages in South Africa) and often combine these poems with the photos I’ve taken. Thank you for stopping by!

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  • jozi1
    jozi17 months ago

    Awesome,Rina :)

  • Thank you: much appreciated!

    – Rina Greeff

  • Macky
    Macky7 months ago

    Great capture Rina, would you agree it’s common name is the Milkweed Leaf Beetle?

  • Thank you, Macky: it’s the colour of the legs that baffled me!

    – Rina Greeff

  • jozi1
    jozi17 months ago

  • Thank you: delighted!!

    – Rina Greeff

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