Pending ID – Apiomorpha

Late March 2021
Buckland Tasmanian Bushland Gardens
The tag closest to the tree was Eucalyptus barberi, but this may not be right.
Female Galls
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Male galls
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the tree was covered in the galls
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Opening the female gall after mould started appearing and when no crawlers had emerged. I had assumed the female would have died.  She could squirm very effectively when her legs were on the ground.
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“improvised” resealing of the gall.
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Quite incredibly (horrifically) on September 26, 2021, six months later the female was still alive in the dried out gall.  Cook and Gullan report that they can live for 5 years.

Reference
Cook, Lyn & Gullan, P.J.. (2001). Longevity and reproduction in Apiomorpha Rübsaamen (Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha: Coccoidea). Bollettino di Zoologia agraria e Bachicoltura. 33. 259-265.