Story: Insect pests of crops, pasture and forestry

Eucalyptus tortoise beetle

Eucalyptus tortoise beetle

This insect is so named because its back looks like a tiny tortoise shell. The pest is responsible for a decline in planting the Eucalyptus nitens tree, a species widely favoured for wood fibre. Studies are in progress to find a way to control this beetle and find other useful eucalyptus species.

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Alison Popay, 'Insect pests of crops, pasture and forestry - Forestry insect pests', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/17994/eucalyptus-tortoise-beetle (accessed 15 August 2022)

Story by Alison Popay, published 24 Nov 2008