Dolly and the Lerps
Dolichoderus ant tends her little lerp factory on a gum leaf. There is a clutch of tiny orange eggs directly under the ant. Girraween NP, Qld.
Land of Giants
Tiny psyllid nymph (the orange blob) on a gum leaf surrounded by 'giant' Doli ants tending lerps. Girraween, Qld.
A delicate shell shaped basket lerp on a gum leaf. The nymph seems to be dead and parasitised. Minden, Qld.
A delicate shell shaped basket lerp on a gum leaf. The nymph is the large whitish shape out of focus bottom left. The thing centre right seems to be shed skin from an earlier instar. Minden, Qld.
Bunched up for warmth on a winter day. Laidley, Qld.
Ants and Psyllids
Meat ants tend to a brood of jumping plant lice, collecting honeydew and keeping them safe. Laidley, Qld.
Psyllid adult, centre, surrounded by nymphs and an attendant Iridomyrmex ant. Bottom left are psyllid eggs. Laidley, Qld.
This brood of jumping plant lice (Psyllidae) do not build lerps and cluster together on leaves. Laidley, Qld.
Fancy some fungus? Laidley, Qld.
Parasitised Lerp Dweller
Psyllid seems to have been parasitised and is now a neat puparium. Moggill, Qld.
An intricately patterned lerp on a gum leaf covers a deceased psyllid nymph. Bellbowrie, Qld.
A collection of wooly jumping plant lice. Broadwater Creek, Qld.
Adult Psyllid in a wooly white protective jacket. Directly beneath the wing is a wingless nymph and below that an even younger nymph - the orange blob. Broadwater Creek, Qld.
Psyllid nymph in her wooly jacket exposes her butthole to expell some honeydew. A larger nymph on the left has a very big ball of honeydew. Broadwater Creek, Qld.