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


White Fibrous Lerp Insect - Glycaspis (Glycaspis) brimblecombei

Family Psyllidae

This page contains pictures and information about White Fibrous Lerp Insects that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia. They are also known as Redgum Lerp Psyllid.
Body length 3mm, 5th instars
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.
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Those White Fibrous Lerp Insects are common on Eucalyptus.
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Nymph under White Fibrous Lerp

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There is one nymph on each white fibrous lerp. They may be in different instars on the same leaf. From the reference infromation, adults can be observed on warm sunny day in winter. We did not see one adult yet.
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The Host Plants

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We found the White Fibrous Lerp Insects on different species of gum trees, include the one in the above photo. 

1. Insects of Australia - CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p 451, fig.30.16D.
2. Species Glycaspis (Glycaspis) brimblecombei Moore, 1964 - Australian Biological Resources Study, Australian Faunal Directory. 
3. Psylloidea of South Australia - Morgan, F.D. ,Adelaide, South Australia, Government Printer, 1984, plate16.
4. Additional information on the Australian genera of the family Psyllidae (Hemiptera: Homoptera) - KL Taylor, Australian Journal of Zoology 8(3) 383 - 391, 1960. 
5. Glycaspis brimblecombei (Moore) redgum lerp psyllid RLP - Australian Insect Common Names. 


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