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Psyllids emerging

Schedotrioza sp.


This damp spring morning the psyllid larvae were emerging from their gall prisons that were opening their walls like flower petals. The nymphs transformed into winged adults to complete their lifecycle, free at last.


These ugly warty galls cover every leaf of (only) this large eucalyptus in a suburban park.


Psyllids are soft bugs and suck sap from plants. Most either induce the plant to grow a protective gall or cover themselves with a waxy or sugary shell (lerp). Others are completely mobile. Here's another species Psyllids can be identified by their singing

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MartinL 10 years ago

Thanks Jemma. This is one of my favorite spottings.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago


MartinL 10 years ago

Stranger than fiction =)

ShannaB 10 years ago

Martin, I just had a look at that link re the frogs - unbelievable!!!!!!!!!

MartinL 10 years ago

Thanks arlanda. I seldom see adults of these soft bugs (that cause lerps and galls) but they seem to be all out at the moment, early spring.

arlanda 10 years ago

Great series martinl

MartinL 10 years ago

Thank you Leuba. I think these larvae produce a chemical to soften and open their chambers and synchronize their emergence.
@Argy Bee, if this is an eruption then its like larvae lava =)

MartinL 10 years ago

Thank you Yasser for your kind comments. It's way more inspiring to share wildlife observations with interested people than 'bugging' the family all the time. =)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 years ago

Congratulations on your 500th spotting Martin ! and all great quality too... love this spotting. Pic #1 looks like bread& butter pudding !

Yasser 10 years ago

Incredible series Martin! What a way to celebrate your 500th spotting. Congratulations and thanks for all the fantastic contributions. We're lucky to have you as part of the community!

MartinL 10 years ago

Thanks Argybee
Thanks Nuwan

NuwanChathuranga 10 years ago

great spotting martin, congratulations on your milestone !!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

Congrats on 500 martin!! That's quite a spectacular eruption.

MartinL 10 years ago

Thanks leanne and shanna.
Its good to get the whole lifecycle identified.
shanna, it makes me think of the frog that broods its young in its skin.

LeanneGardner 10 years ago


ShannaB 10 years ago

Awesome. Looks like something out of a horror movie.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Sep 20, 2012
Submitted on Sep 20, 2012

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