Lerp (biology)

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Red lerps (Austrochardia acaciae) on Acacia aneura, Central Australia

In biology, a lerp is a structure of crystallized honeydew produced by larvae of psyllid bugs as a protective cover. These animals are commonly referred to as lerp insects.

The word is derived from the Australian Aboriginal language Wemba_Wemba.[1]

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  • "New Agricultural Pest for Southern California Redgum Lerp Psyllid", California Plant Pest and Disease Report, Department of Food and Agriculture, Division of Plant Industry, 1998, vols 17 to 20, p 6 Google Books
  1. ^ Australian Aboriginal Words in English, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1990, p.103