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Species Eucalyptolyma maideni - Spotted Gum Lerp Psyllid

Leafhopper nymph? - Eucalyptolyma maideni No idea - Eucalyptolyma maideni spotted gum lerp psyllid - Eucalyptolyma maideni lerp - Eucalyptolyma maideni SGLP adult - Eucalyptolyma maideni - female SGLP lerp - Eucalyptolyma maideni SGLP lerp - Eucalyptolyma maideni SGLP nymph - Eucalyptolyma maideni
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Sternorrhyncha (Plant-parasitic Hemipterans)
Superfamily Psylloidea
Family Aphalaridae
Subfamily Spondyliaspidinae
Genus Eucalyptolyma
Species maideni (Spotted Gum Lerp Psyllid)
Other Common Names
Spotted Gum Psyllid
Explanation of Names
Eucalyptolyma maideni Froggatt 1901
native to Australia, now widely established in so. California
hosts: Corymbia (trees formerly treated in Eucalyptus), such as the Lemon Gum (C. citriodora) and Spotted Gum (C. maculata) widely planted as ornamentals in California
Life Cycle
The nymph puts together globs of honeydew to make a protective cover called a lerp. It's not permanently attached and can move around if it needs to, sometimes using and expanding lerps abandoned by others. Both nymphs and adults seem to prefer feeding near others or their species. The adult males stridulate ("sing") to attract females. Depending on the weather, there can be more than one generation per year.
The nymph lives under the lerp, a protective shell of gelatinous honeydew. --Dennis Haines, 28.ii.2009
Internet References
Fact sheet (Garrison 2001)