Tube Spittlebug
Bent, Rough Tube
Ellura
Tube Spittlebug
Rough, Straighter Tube
 
                      
Tube Spittlebug (Machaerotinae sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: True Bugs (Hemiptera)
Family: Tube Spittlebug (Cercopoidea, Clastopteridae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Tube Spittlebug (Machaerotinae sp)
This Photo:     🔍Smoother Tube🔎

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
We discovered these tiny tubes on gum buds and thought they may be some sort of tiny Paper Wasp nests.
We have now found out they are spittlebug houses/shelters/hides.
They are known to feed on gum trees.
There does appear to be two different types - a smooth nest & a rough one. The tubes are made from excretions from the larvae contained inside.
Whether this rough texture indicates a different species or not we don't know.
The rough bent nest was about 13mm long, and you can see a "closed" cell inside. This is actually the posterior end of the larva. It has a protective plate on it's rear end to seal the tube.
The tube contains one larva, similar to a case moth, or psyllid.

Copyright © 2021-2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 03-Dec-2021
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.