Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Orange Blue Leaf Beetle (Oulema sp), Sumatra Indonesia


Photos in this post were taken in Bengkulu Sumatra Indonesia. This leaf beetle is from the family Chrysomelidae under genus of Oulema.


This cute beetle has orange head and thorax. The elytra is shiny metallic blue. The eyes are black, while the antennae and legs are brown. The surface of the elytra is not smooth, it is like a punctured surface in rows. The size is about 6mm. 

Taxonomy:
Phylum : Arthropoda - Arthropods
Class : Insecta - Insects
Order : Coleoptera - Beetles
Suborder : Polyphaga - Water, Rove, Scarab, Longhorn, Leaf and Snout Beetles
Superfamily : Chrysomeloidea - Long-horned and Leaf Beetles
Family : Chrysomelidae - Leaf Beetles
Subfamily : Criocerinae
Tribe : Lemiini
Genus : Oulema (Des Gozis, 1886)

References:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/281504/bgimage
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oulema

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