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psyllid on Spotted Gum - Cryptoneossa triangula - female

psyllid on Spotted Gum - Cryptoneossa triangula - Female
Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California, USA
June 29, 2015

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psyllid on Spotted Gum - Cryptoneossa triangula - female psyllid on Spotted Gum - Cryptoneossa triangula - female

Moved from Spondyliaspidinae.

Cryptoneossa triangula
Returning to the same area and examining about a dozen Spotted Gum trees, I've found and collected another female which is more or less structurally identical, examination of which confirms this species. I still have yet to find a male.

Based on my observations, this species seems to be much less common than the Spotted Gum Lerp Psyllid which occurs on the same trees in great numbers; the presence of that species and the conspicuous lerps it creates makes it difficult to detect this species. Nymphs do not create lerps, but they are said to utilyze lerps from the SGLP, and as such any nymph found under such lerps should not be immediately assumed to be SGLP.

After already diagnosing the species, I find that there is already a pic of this species from CDFA, which is of an identical female; the ID process would have been much quicker had I found this image earlier...

And with this image, bugguide now has 7 of the 8 members of this subfamily for North America. Now we just need somebody from Florida to find the introduced biocontrol spp. Boreioglycaspis melaleucae on the invasive paperbark tree Melaleuca quinquenervia.

Moved from Ctenarytaina.

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