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A single small black ant about 8mm long is tending to fields of lerps. The yellow psyllid eggs can be seen bottom of picture - yet to be planted out :) When another psyllid nymph hatches it will walk out on the leaf and build another lerp (house) from a sugary, waxy secretion. The ant will be offering protection for sugary rewards.
Suburban back yard on eucalyptus.
These psyllids can be serviced by several different ant species and can develop on several species of eucalyptus.
Spotted on Nov 19, 2012
Submitted on Nov 19, 2012