White Clam Lerp
Adult
Ellura
Orange Jumping Plant Louse
Dorsal
 
    
White Clam Lerp (Hyalinaspis sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: True Bugs (Hemiptera)
Family: Psyllid (Psyllidae)
Species: White Clam Lerp (Hyalinaspis sp)
This Photo:     Adult with instars

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
Here we have the legs of an instar sticking out from under the lerp (shell). With the sideview of the adult to the right. Notice how flat the instar psyllid is. It must be like a cartoon when it springs into 3D

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
There is a bit of confussion with the naming of these. The Lerp is the housing. The bug inside is a Psyllid that produces the lerp.

Copyright © 2011- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 22-May-2011
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.