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Donacia fennica beetles mating  Aquatic leaf beetle,Chrysomelidae,Donacia,Donaciinae,Geotagged,Heesch,Macro,The Netherlands Click/tap to enlarge

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  1. I analyzed every species in this overview...


    ...yet still no match.
    Posted 7 years ago
  2. I think these are some kind of leaf beetles, but there are many species and little information about them. Check these out, maybe you can find a match http://www.biolib.cz/en/taxonsubtaxa/id11442/

    These guys seem to be closely related if not the same
    Donacia fennica mating Haven't been able to find a match yet. Their back shield is glittery orange yet the bottom of their body is light/white. Any guesses?<br />
For discussion see with this image:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/11419/donacia_fennica_beetles_mating.html Aquatic leaf beetle,Chrysomelidae,Donacia,Donaciinae,Geotagged,Heesch,Macro,The Netherlands
    Posted 7 years ago
    1. Thanks for that link. I think this is a very close match:


      And yes, the photo you are refering to is of the same scene, just a different angle.
      Posted 7 years ago
  3. It is an odd distribution range for this species... I guess the Iberian Peninsula is out of range - Fennoscandia is mentioned instead in the Polish site, which is definitely closer to Western Siberia. I wonder whether the Netherlands qualifies within that range?

    It is really hard to discriminate between them. There is an identification key, but it is in German http://www.coleo-net.de/coleo/texte/donacia.htm

    Here's another site for this genus

    Some great photos of Donacia vulgaris http://www.eakringbirds.com/eakringbirds4/insectinfocusdonaciavulgaris.htm
    Posted 7 years ago
    1. Yes, the range surprised me as well, although I also found a photo online of it being spotted in Finland. Thanks for the additional info! Posted 7 years ago
  4. Howdy, just stumbled on this after uploading a Donacia I identified today. Donaciinae are notoriously hard to identify, let alone from photo :-/
    The range for Donacia fennica certainly doesn't include the Netherlands. To my knowledge it is easern Fennoscandia and northern Russia. I tried to have look how far the various keys that I have would take me, but it's inconclusive I'm afraid. Most probably D. simplex or D. vulgaris, but I'm certainly no specialist for this group, so mostly just "???"
    I'll remove the ID, because it is certainly not D. fennica, even if I can't offer a replacement for it ...
    Sorry, Arp
    Posted one year ago
    1. No need to be sorry, thanks a lot for checking! Posted one year ago

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Uploaded Jul 13, 2013. Captured Jul 6, 2013 16:32 in Nistelrodeseweg 24, 5384 PN Heesch, The Netherlands.
  • NIKON D7000
  • f/7.1
  • 1/60s
  • ISO100
  • 105mm