Photo 3. Red pumpkin beetle, Aulacophora sp., showing the groove on the thorax. Compare with Monolepta.
Pumpkin beetle, red pumpkin beetle
Aulacophora species. The identification of the species in the Pacific is uncertain. Aulacophora similis has been recorded from Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Tonga. But it is more likely that the species in these countries is Aulacophora adominalis.
AUTHORS Helen Tsatsia & Grahame Jackson
Photos 1&3 Graham Teakle, Canberra. Photos 2&3 Mani Mua, SPC, Sigatoka Research Station, Fiji.
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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