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Photo#515137
Gum lerp psyllid - Glycaspis brimblecombei

Gum lerp psyllid - Glycaspis brimblecombei
Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California, USA
April 24, 2011
ID based on Harsi's images and related comments from this post.

Nice one!
Chris, if you've found a decent population of these somewhere, they can be really interesting to observe regularly. I haven't posted even a fraction of the images that I should, but the number of other arthropods associated with these psyllids is fascinating!! I have documented ants, bombyllids, syrphids, wasps, bees, beetles & several true bugs feeding on the sugary lerps. There are also parisitic interactions to document (i.e. insects that lay their eggs in the developing larvae).

 
Thanks for the tip!
The tree I found these on is pretty heavily infested with them, and the leaves hang just low enough for me to be able to explore it. I will check back on it occasionally and see if I can find some of the interactions you mentioned :)

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