Eucalyptus is often host to eucalyptus sucker. Any leaf damage caused is not usually serious and this insect should be tolerated.
Scientific name: Ctenarytaina eucalypti
Plants affected: Eucalyptus
Main symptoms: Insects on the shoots and sticky honeydew
Most active: Spring and summer
What is eucalyptus sucker?
The psyllids or plant suckers are a group of sap sucking true bugs (Hemiptera). There are more than 40 species found in Britain. Many species produce a white waxy secretion during the immature (nymph) stages and some cause distortion and galling to host plants. Most however, do not cause any significant damage to garden plants. More information on Psyllids from in Britain can be found at British Bugs.
This Australian insect became established in Britain during the 1920s and is now of widespread occurrence in the UK on Eucalyptus species.
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