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Clam lerps

Spondyliaspis plicatuloides

Description:

Tiny brown clam shells formed by a first stage psyllid on a mature leaf of a eucalyptus. Each was about 3-4mm wide and the a community numbered about 40-50. Scattered among the lerps were some discarded exuviae from early moulting? Patches like these were found on approximately 10 leaves in total.

Habitat:

Tree was growing behind a local shopping mall.

Notes:

The lerps are built from a sugary excretion out of the abdomen of the psyllid.
http://rameau.snv.jussieu.fr/psyllist/?d...
Hemiptera +
Psyllidae +

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2 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

They certainly do cluster together don't they. Safety in numbers maybe? Out of a group of about 30 leaves these were packed onto about 3.

MartinL
MartinL 6 years ago

Good spotting Mark.
When I see them they seem to overcrowd a few leaves of the tree

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Sep 21, 2014
Submitted on Sep 23, 2014

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