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Small brown with goldy/yellow trims around the the head and wings. Can't get a closeup unfortunately.
100's of them! Eating all the leaves and most of the fruit.
Killed with flyspray.

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Comment by Lissa on February 25, 2012 at 7:37

I believe it's probably this:

Celtis Leaf Beetle
Menippus cynicus

Biology

Adults and larvae feed on the young foliage of introduced Chinese Elm trees (Celtis sinensis), a pest tree species in Brisbane. The larvae are black and caterpillar-like. This species is native to central coastal Queensland where it feeds on the native tree, Celtis paniculata.

Recently the beetle has expanded its range further south and is now common in Brisbane.

Identification

Length about 10 mm. The oval-shaped, convex body is dull brown with a black underside.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on February 24, 2012 at 15:23

On mine too but just a few. Didn't know they ate the fruit though. Usually it's Sawfly larvae which get the leaves when the Fig is getting close to dormancy.

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