Farming lerps

Subject: Farming lerps
From: "David McDonald" <>
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 1997 22:17:30 +1000
> Date:          Wed, 11 Jun 1997 05:45:50 +1000 (EST)
> From:          WM James Davis <>
> To:            "Osborn, Paul PR" <>
> Cc:            "'Birding-aus'" <>
> Subject:       RE: MINERS = JUNK

Paul Osborn (I think) said that Common Mynas  'actively 'farm' lerps, 
which feed on
> > the leaves of Eucalyptus and secrete a sugary substance for the birds.
> > In return the lerps receive protection from the small insectivorous
> > birds that eat them.'

What is meant by 'actively farming lerps'?

David McDonald
PO Box 1355, Woden ACT 2606, Australia
Tel. +61 6 231 8904;  Fax. +61 6 249 0740

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