Psyllid Puparium

I’ve posted about Lerps and Psyllids before but this time I’ve gone the extra mile, dear reader. When I found this fantastic basket lerp in the shape of a shell, I could hardly contain my excitement but I soon noticed the nymph inside seemed to be a bit odd. Turns out it had been the…

Drinking Straws for Ants

My usual macro adventures tend to turn up something of interest even if the spot is very familiar to me – like Oxley Creek Common, one of my favourites! One of my most interesting finds was this fabulous waxy straw poking out of the branch of an Ironbark tree. There were mostly big black Rattle…

Psyllids & Lerps

AKA Jumping Plant Lice, these particular psyllids are tiny¬†builders that extract sap from leaves (they have sucking mouthparts like all true bugs) and instead of feeding the resulting waste product to ants in return for protection, they build little coverings called Lerps to hide in until they develop wings. Maybe they just don’t like ants….