Photo 2. Egg mass of fig-leaf beetle, Poneridia, on sandpaper cabbage. Note the conical eggs taper to a fine point.
Photo 3. The grubs or larvae of the fig-leaf beetle, Poneridia, characteristically line up near the edge of the leaf and move across the leaf surface together.
Photo 4. The larvae of the fig-leaf beetle, Poneridia, become more scattered when the leaf surface has been eaten and they seek fresh food.
Photo 5. Adult fig-leaf beetle, Ponderidia species. The male is showing 'male-gating', i.e., preventing his partner from mating with competitors.
The genus is Poneridia (family Chrysomelidae); there are several similar species, but not all the species of Poneridia feed on figs.
AUTHOR Grahame Jackson
Information from Chris Reid, Australian Museum, Sydney.
Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project PC/2010/090: Strengthening integrated crop management research in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable intensification of high-value crop production, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
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