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