Lantana Leafminer Beetle

Lantana is a mighty huge pest in this country thanks to the efforts of early gardeners who wanted a pretty shrub in their gardens. One of the control methods adopted by the people in charge of such things was to introduce these fantastically photogenic beetles. Lucky me! They do wreak havoc on the lucky lantana leaf but I’m not sure the lantana is under any sort of control. It’s probably helped spread the weed in some silly way we’d never even considered.

Lantana Leafminer Beetle
Adult Octotoma scabripennis leafminer beetle emerges from it’s leaf tunnel. Kyogle, NSW.
Lantana Leafminer Beetle
Larva of Octotoma scabripennis. Kyogle, NSW.
Lantana Leafminer Beetle
Adult Octotoma scabripennis leafminer beetle emerges from it’s leaf tunnel. Kyogle, NSW.
Lantana Leafminer Beetle
Introduced to Australia as a biocontrol for Lantana, this beetle can be found up and down the east coast. There is still a lot of lantana. Ironbark Gully, QLD.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s