Melaleuca psylloid
White Clam Lerp
Early Instar
White Clam Lerp (Cardiaspina sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: True Bugs (Hemiptera)
Family: Lerp Making Psylloid (Psylloidea: Spondyliaspidinae)
Species: White Clam Lerp (Cardiaspina sp)
This Photo:     Lerps

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.

Copyright © 2011-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 09-May-2011
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.