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This eucalyptus tree with slightly pendulous branches and small clusters of creamy white flowers had delicate young leaves with their tips curled into thick cups. These cups appeared to have a membranous pale or brown lid (pic 5). Some of these cups had ants clustering around them as in pic 4. On opening one of these lidded "cups', I found a 3 mm psyllid nymph with small red wide-set eyes, orange thorax and green abdomen. Wings buds were dark with a white substance stuck to them. The tree had several young leaves with these galls.
Spotted on a box gum ( ? Eucalyptus microcarpa) in a bushland reserve.
I am not sure of the relationship between the ants and this species of psyllid. The gall-forming behaviour seems similar to Trioza species of psyllid.
My thanks to Ken Walker for confirming that this is Trioza ( species not known).

Date & Time

  2015-10-18 02:12 PM

Location

  -37.908102 , 145.309643 : 156.377 m

Near Upper Ferntree Gully VIC 3156, Australia

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  1. Chris Lindorff  Hi Leuba. I have added this name to the database. Thanks for the interesting information. Cheers. Chris.

    Reply • 01 Nov 2015

  2. David Francis  Trioza spp. species id suggested

    Reply • 28 Dec 2016




NS Observation No. 562460A6ED2A89401600ACAA
Created 2015-10-19 02:16 PM (over 3 years ago)
Created By Leuba Ridgway
Updated 2015-11-01 10:23 PM (over 3 years ago)
Updated By Leuba Ridgway
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