Spotted Gum Lerp Psyllid (Eucalyptolyma maideni)
The Spotted Gum Lerp Psyllid was first discovered in Southern California in August of 2000. It was found on a Eucalyptus citriodora (Lemon Gum Eucalyptus). Another host for this lerp is the Eucaplyptus maculata. Unlike its cousin the Redgum Lerp Psyllid, the structure of the lerp is more like a fish skeleton or a fern leaf. There can be more then one nymph occupying a lerp at one time. The nymphs can move in and out of the lerp during their feeding. Heavily infestation of the Spotted Gum Lerp Psyllid can cause severe defoliation. Along with the heavy defoliation that can weaken the tree making it vulnerable to the long horned eucalyptus beetles, you will also encounter a very sticky mess. If you have a Eucalytpus citriodora or a Eucalyptus maculata and have a problem with this insect, we do have a solution for controlling this pest.
Spotted Gum Lerp Nymphs
Spotted Gum Lerp Adult