Monolepta australis

Red-Shouldered Leaf Beetle

Other common names:

Not applicable.



A distinct beetle that is approximately 10 mm long. It is yellow in colour, with red patches near its shoulders. The pest is typically seen in pasture or fruit-growing areas throughout QLD, NSW and NT. The beetle lays eggs in the soil and the larvae feeds on the grass roots. Swarms of adult beetles can devastate crops within hours.


Susceptible Turf:

Warm-and cool-season (turf) grass varieties.



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Control options:

  • Pesticides: See available tabs below for registered products. Use as per label instructions.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Use a combination of approaches listed on this page.
  • Cultural: Eucalyptus torelliana as a windbreak which the beetles are attracted to.
  • Mechanical: Nil.



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