Shining leaf Beetles (Rutelidae)

Among the scarab beetles, the shining leaf beetles family numbers in western Europe less than about fifty species, generally of medium size.

Anisoplia austriaca. BULGARIE, 1964.

But many exotic species live in tropical and equatorial areas, icluding the Plusiotis and the Chrysina, living jewels distinguished by their metallic glitter. Some seem be made of gold or silver.

Chrysophora chrysochlora. MONTSERRAT, 1994.Plusiotis victoriana. NICARAGUA, 1988.Heterosternus oberthuri. CUBA, 1988.

The mainly diurnal adults can be found on the most various plants.  The genus Plusiotis is often collected at night, as it is attracted to artificial light sources.