Genus Glycaspis
White Lerp Insect
White Fibrous Lerp Insect
Genus Spondyliaspis
Shell Lerp Insect
Genus Hyalinaspis
Clam Lerp Insect
Clam Fibrous Lerp Insect
Brown Clam Lerp Insect
Genus Acizzia
Wattle Plant Lice
Other Psyllids


Fibrous Lerp Insects - Genus Glycaspis

Family Psyllidae

This page contains pictures and information about Fibrous Lerp Insects in family Psyllidae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Glycaspis is the largest genera in family Psyllidae. Some Glycaspis sp. cause shallow pit galls. Other (subgenus Synglycaspis) cause large vesiculate galls. All of them construct typical lerps and their host plants are Eucalyptus

White Lerps Insect
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Glycaspis (Glycaspis) fuscovena or G. eucalypti, lerp diameter 3-4mm
The white materials on gum leaves, known as lerps, are the coverings of insect nymphs that live and feed underneath. The insects suck the plant sap and use the excess starch to make those lerps. There are also the excess sugar, or the honey dews, that make the ants like to attend them. This White Lerps Insects can easily be found on Gum tree leaves in Brisbane. More information and pictures please click on here.
White Fibrous Lerps Insect
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Glycaspis (Glycaspis) brimblecombei, lerp diameter 6mm 
The nymphs live and feed beneath the lerp and are protected by the lerps. The lerps are made from starch, derived from the plant sap. The adults looking like a small treehopper, are without lerps. They have the strong hind legs, they can jump and fly. Click here for more photos and information.
Green Fibrous Lerps Insect
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Glycaspis (Glycaspis) sp. diameter 3mm  
White Fibrous Lerps Insect II
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Glycaspis (Glycaspis) sp. diameter 3mm  
White Fibrous Lerps Insect III
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Glycaspis (Glycaspis) sp. diameter 3mm  
White Fibrous Lerps Insect IV
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Glycaspis (Glycaspis) sp. diameter 3mm  

1. Insects of Australia - CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p 449.
2. Family PSYLLIDAE - Australian Biological Resources Study, Australian Faunal Directory.
3. Psylloidea of South Australia - Morgan, F.D. ,Adelaide, South Australia, Government Printer, 1984. 
4. Psyl'list - The World Psylloidea Database, Ouvrard, D., searched on 1 October 2010. 

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Last updated: October 06, 2010.