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Basket Lerp

Cardiaspina textrix


These crystalline basket-shaped lattice structures were about 6 mm in diameter. They sheltered nymphs of psyllids of the Cardiaspina genus and the leaf surface under these lerps showed extensive damage, the surface showing change in colour.


Spotted on a eucalyptus leaf.


These lerps are seen in atleast 7 different species of eucalyptus. They are crystallised honeydew shelters constructed by nymphs of little sap sucking jumping plant lice called psyllids. The nymphs live under these shelters until they moult and emerge as adult hemipterans.
Family: Psyllidae

1 Species ID Suggestions

Basket lerp psyllid
Cardiaspina textrix Photos of Cardiaspina textrix · iNaturalist Australia

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26 Comments (1–25)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 months ago

Thanks Mark.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks again, everyone. Glad to share - what a creature !

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 7 years ago

wow!!!! amazing.... Congrats Leuba ....

doreen.chambers.14 7 years ago


LorenzoDiiulio 7 years ago

Cool stuff!

Love this! Congratulations on SOTD!

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

What a cool and interesting spotting, Leuba! Congratulations on your SOTD!

CharliePrice 7 years ago

Simply WOW..never seen anything like this before , what a treasure , and so glad you where able to share it ! Congrats on the SOTD. :)

SukanyaDatta 7 years ago

Congratulations on the SOTD, Leuba.

MartinL 7 years ago

Yay! Go, girl! Well done!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

Sweet spotting! Congrats, Leuba, on this amazing SOTD.

VivBraznell 7 years ago

Wow! They are so beautifully made Leuba. They look like fine sugar work. Congratulations on the SOTD

James McNair
James McNair 7 years ago

Congrats Leuba, well deserved. Fascinating spotting and great images

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Wow an SOTD ! Thanks so much Yasser for choosing this spotting and to everyone for their comments and for liking this amazing little shelter. I see great spottings with great information every day so to be chosen from all that is really an honour.

A big THANKYOU to the architect of this lattice dome - such beauty at this level and I am so pleased to bring this to everyone. Thanks again.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

Congratulations Leuba, it is a very interesting spotting.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Congratulations Leuba! Beautiful structures. Wouldn't it be nice to live in a home of this design.

Just another amazing find Leuba,beautiful structure,congrats on the very well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing these amazing finds

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 7 years ago


Yasser 7 years ago

Leuba, amazing indeed! This fantastic photo series has been selected as Spotting of the Day! Thanks for sharing this fascinating structure and nymph with us and thanks for all your wonderful contributions to the community.


Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks Daniele. I think they're amazing too. How does a little nymph do this. I can see from the clam lerp that the layers are probably added at the base and the whole thing is gradually elevated. Would love to find out -wouldn't it be wonderful to watch them at work !?

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Just amazing Leuba!

Vinny 7 years ago

It's bit like making your house out of candy

Davidbygott 7 years ago

Amazing! You'd think that the crystallized honeydew would be a good snack for something.

Jae 7 years ago

wow gorgeous spotting, Leuba. Thanks for sharing.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 7 years ago

That is spectacular!

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Oct 29, 2014
Submitted on Nov 6, 2014

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