A large paropsid leaf beetle (15mm length) which looked fully black to the eye but the flash has revealed a set of full length, deep red lines.
No dents were noticed on or around the pronotum.
I have always found these at night so suspect they hide in daytime maybe under bark.
Paropsisterna sp. This bright green beetle has variable red on the shoulders and sometimes covering the entire elytra. There is some red across the head and sometimes extending through the pronotum. Seen in Wonga Park, Glenburn and Eildon. Also in Tasmania.
I have, on suggestion removed the P. laesa title as this beetle has striae puncturations in very regular lines and laesa is very irregular in its pattern as seen in the pinned specimen of laesa.
This is Paropsisterna spp. It belongs in the interlita group but not sure the species. It looks like one that Russel Best has photographed in his lawn. http://natureshare.org.au/observations/53b3985ae35eb12984010d2c?species=Paropsisterna+spp.&tag= It is related to Paropsisterna intacta, an under bark nocturnal species. It features foveae (small dimples) in the sides of the pronotum, emphasized in this case by a black dot. I have seen this only once before at Taggerty on a small shrub. Found on a messmate eucalyptus. Seems to be diurnal
This beetle is small and green with a somewhat constant pattern of red zone along the elytra usually laterally and usually leaving a green stripe dorsally. The pronotum is green and usually unmarked or weakly marked with white patterns. I suspect this is might be P. obovata but lack confidence in this designation.