Red gum lerp psyllid

Red gum lerp psyllid
Glycaspis brimblecombei
Psyllaephagus bliteus Riek - parasitoid
Sap sucking

Low infestations result in leaf wilt and abscission. Heavy infestations may result in leaf drop, branch dieback and tree death.

Adults of the genus Glycaspis have long, well-developed genal cones and the nymphs construct distinct cone like structure called lerps.

Eggs are small, ovoid and orange in colour, they can be laid singly, but are often laid in clusters. The nymphs feed and develop under white, conical structures called lerps which they build from exuded sugars and wax. Adults are mobile and females are reported to lay up to 700 eggs (Bella & Rapisarda 2013).

2012 (Bush et al 2016)
Eastern Cape,Free State,Gauteng,KwaZulu-Natal,Limpopo,Mpumalanga,North West
Australia

Gallery

Glycaspis brimblecombei numphs
Male and female Glycaspis brimblecombei
Two G. brimblecombei nymphs that have been parasitized by P. bliteus
Psyllaephagus bliteus female
Glycaspis brimblecombei eggs