Nymphal behaviour and lerp construction in the mopane psyllid Retroacizzia mopani (Hemiptera : Psyllidae)

@inproceedings{Oppong2010NymphalBA,
  title={Nymphal behaviour and lerp construction in the mopane psyllid Retroacizzia mopani (Hemiptera : Psyllidae)},
  author={Chris K Oppong and Abraham Addo-Bediako and Mercer J. Potgieter and Dirk C.J. Wessels},
  year={2010}
}
ABSTRACT The nymphal stages of the African mopane psyllid Retroacizzia mopani occur on Colophospermum mopane leaves, feeding on the phloem sap. The emergence of R. mopani coincides with the dry winter period in South Africa, when other trees are leafless. The nymphal stages secrete a scutcheon-like protective covering called lerp. The position of lerps on the leaflets depended on the stage of development of the nymphs. First and second instar nymph lerps were placed along the smaller secondary… CONTINUE READING

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