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Leafhopper nymph? - Eucalyptolyma maideni

Leafhopper nymph? - Eucalyptolyma maideni
Long Beach - El Dorado Regional Park, Los Angeles County, California, USA
February 27, 2009
Size: 3-5mm
May be the same species as my previous adult image... also fairly abundant on the undersides of the leaves on this tree.

Eucalyptolyma maideni (Spotte
Eucalyptolyma maideni (Spotted Gum Lerp Psyllid) nymph. Probably late instar ready to become an adult, since it has left it's lerp.

 
Thanks Dennis!
Dennis, I can't thank you enough for solving this mystery. Looks like a new species for Bugguide!

 
The species has become widely
The species has become widely established in Southern California.

 
Interesting ID
Thanks to Dennis for solving this mystery! And "way to go" Chris for not only documenting a new species for the Guide, but capturing all three phases of the life cycle. Impressive!

If any editor happens to see this comment as they are making a new Guide Page for this species, a good reference to add to the info page would be this comprehensive PDF published by the LA County Agricultural Commission.

 
Couldn't find much about the Family
A few notes that gave Psyllidae. So we put it there. It can always be moved if someone finds more details about family.

Tree ID
It looks like a Eucalyptus. I wonder if this might be the infamous Red Gum Lerp Psyllid? Of course, the obvious question would be: Where's the lerp? Not that I know what Red Gum Lerp Psyllids or their lerps look like...

 
The Red Gum Lerp Psyllid's le
The Red Gum Lerp Psyllid's lerp is shaped like a little igloo.

 
Hmmm...
...I also thought that the tree looked like a Eucalyptus and I think Chuck may be onto something. Check out this page on the UC IPM website. While their image of a Red Gum nymph does not really match-up with this image, check out the picture of the adult -- I think this might be a possible match for your other image in ID Request. Do you have any dorsal views of the adult for comparison?

 
Psyllid
After reviewing these images, it appears that Psyllids make a much better match for these images than do leafhoppers which I originally thought. Sadly, though, I wasn't able to get a clear dorsal shot of the adult, however I do plan on returning to this spot soon and considering how numerous these things were yesterday, I expect to be able to find another one fairly easily. When I do get a clear dorsal shot, I'll be sure to post it here.

As for the lerp, I don't recall anything like that on the leaves. There was, however, many of these structures on just about every leaf on the tree, though I don't know of these can be tied to the psyllids at all. I'm just trying to put all the pieces together.

Very
pretty and neat!

Wonder if these might
be Psyllids, in the guide here

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