Scallop Shell Lerps

So far in the wild world of Lerps, I’ve encountered about four different structures created by these little baby psyllids. Enjoy some scallop shell shapes I encountered in a suburban park while I was waiting for the car to be serviced. What else would you do? Find some more lovely lerps here:¬†aussiebugs.com.au/Hemiptera/Lerps-Psyllids

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….