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Blue Gum Chalcid

Leptocybe invasa (Eulophidae)


Adult: Minute black gall wasp (1.5 - 2 mm) Gall: Midribs, stems and petioles. Bump like gall. Green to red (depending on age). Entire larva development occurs in the gall. Larva: Minute and translucent white.


Larvae develop on Eucalyptus species. Native to Australia. Invasive pest of Eucalyptus plantations. Global distribution. Found in plantations in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

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1 Comment

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 years ago

An amazing spotting. I've seen lots of leaf galls but I don't recall seeing this one. Interesting to see the larva too!

Caitlin Gevers
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Caitlin Gevers

Spotted on May 7, 2020
Submitted on May 7, 2020

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