Animal Species:Orchid Beetle

The Orchid Beetle is a leaf beetle (family Chrysomelidae), which is one of the largest beetle families with approximately 3,000 Australian species. At least 250 of these occur in the Sydney area.

Orchid Beetle specimen

Andrew Donnelly © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Orchid Beetle

Identification

Most leaf beetles are colourful.

Size range

1 cm

Distribution

The Orchid Beetle lis found in New South Wales and Queensland.

Habitat

The Orchid Beetle lives in urban areas, commercial nurseries and open woodlands.

Feeding and Diet

The Orchid Beetle feeds on the leaves and flowers of orchids.

Economic/social impacts

Some leaf beetles are serious commercial pests. The Orchid Beetle is of concern to amateur and commercial gardeners as it feeds on the leaves and flowers of orchids, leaving them disfigured and unattractive.

Classification

Species:
formosa
Genus:
Stethopachys
Subfamily:
Criocerinae
Family:
Chrysomelidae
Superfamily:
Chrysomeloidea
Suborder:
Polyphaga
Order:
Coleoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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