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Lerp protecting a psyllid nymph

Glycaspis sp


Lerps are protective covers constructed by the nymphs of jumping plant lice. Lerps are formed from the honeydew excreted by the nymphs on the leaf surface. The honeydew consists of sugars and amino acids which crystallises on contact with air. Psyllids are tiny sap-sucking winged insects that feed on native trees and shrubs, especially eucalypts.


Only about 5mm long.

1 Species ID Suggestions

MartinL 9 years ago
Fibrous lerp insect
Glycaspis sp. Lerps <i>Glycaspis sp.</i> | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

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KarenL 9 years ago

Great spot!

RachaelB 9 years ago

Thanks for the help Martin, I have never seen anything like it before. Very interesting.

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Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Feb 26, 2012
Submitted on Feb 27, 2012

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