White Clam Lerp
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||True Bugs (Hemiptera)|
|Family:||Lerp Making Psylloid (Psylloidea: Spondyliaspidinae)|
|Species:||White Clam Lerp (Cardiaspina sp)|
Thank you Dr Francesco Martoni for identifying this species for us
EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
You can see the instar under the shell lerp on the left. The orange things are their egg casings we think The little white shell with black legs on a lerp is an old shedding when they molted
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
We thought this was Hyalinaspis sp.
There is a bit of confussion with the naming of these. The Lerp is the housing. The bug inside is a Psylloid that produces the lerp; the bug isn't a lerp.