The Psyllid Season (1)

To: "'Geoffrey Dabb'" <>, <>
Subject: The Psyllid Season (1)
From: "Peter Ormay" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2014 12:39:56 +1100

Great stuff Geoffrey,

Happy New year



From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Sunday, 21 December 2014 11:45 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] The Psyllid Season (1)


I mentioned a flock of rainbow lorikeets feeding on euc buds yesterday. Later I took some trouble to find out exactly what they were eating, which was not easy.  In the tree was a small amount of blossom and a small amount of lerp crust on old leaves.  However the lorikeets were consistently searching for  and attacking fresh leaves, specifically those that were folded – although with no other external sign of psyllid infestation.  I do not know what kind of psyllid this is, but I shall call it for present purposes the ACT Leaf-folding Psyllid. More on this creature in the next message.




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