The Orchid Beetle is a leaf beetle (family Chrysomelidae), which is one of the largest beetle families with approximately 3,000 Australian species. At least 250 of these occur in the Sydney area.
Most leaf beetles are colourful.
The Orchid Beetle lives in urban areas, commercial nurseries and open woodlands.
The Orchid Beetle lis found in New South Wales and Queensland.
Feeding and diet
The Orchid Beetle feeds on the leaves and flowers of orchids.
Some leaf beetles are serious commercial pests. The Orchid Beetle is of concern to amateur and commercial gardeners as it feeds on the leaves and flowers of orchids, leaving them disfigured and unattractive.