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Four winged eucalyptus gall (Apiomorpha munita) Spectacular shaped galls created by female scale insects (Eriococcidae) on Eucalyptus. This one was about 50mm from one wingtip to another.<br />
Apiomorpha are eucalypt specialists. This  structure is created by a female who ends up spending the rest of her life inside. Male structures are usually found nearby, much more numerous, and much smaller and simpler structures. A small group of males can be seen lower left. <br />
This one is subspecies Apiomorpha munita tereticornuta. <br />
http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:d8c61065-c2c3-4e12-a73c-64bbd8cd6875# <br />
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Four winged eucalyptus gall (Apiomorpha munita)

Spectacular shaped galls created by female scale insects (Eriococcidae) on Eucalyptus. This one was about 50mm from one wingtip to another.
Apiomorpha are eucalypt specialists. This structure is created by a female who ends up spending the rest of her life inside. Male structures are usually found nearby, much more numerous, and much smaller and simpler structures. A small group of males can be seen lower left.
This one is subspecies Apiomorpha munita tereticornuta.
http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:d8c61065-c2c3-4e12-a73c-64bbd8cd6875#

http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_softbugs/Eriococcidae.htm

    comments (5)

  1. Fascinating. Do you have a reference photo of the insect itself? I'd like to see what builds this :) Posted 3 years ago
    1. Martin Lagerwey has sectioned a female Apiomorpha (another sp.) but not posted in JD. http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/8190927
      Leuba and I don't do animal sections ;-)
      Posted one year ago, modified one year ago
      1. Cool! 7 years ago, but to me it shows spotting are of timeless value. Posted one year ago
        1. I've got another sp. somewhere possibly even more impressive and kept for years as a home decoration. Searching through photos now... Posted one year ago
          1. Still searching lol.... Posted one year ago

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Apiomorpha munita is an Australian scale insect which forms woody galls on various eucalyptus species.
Some are quite spectacular shapes and A munita is known for galls with horns or blades..

Similar species: True Bugs
Species identified by Mark Ridgway
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By Mark Ridgway

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Uploaded Mar 21, 2016. Captured Sep 22, 2012 01:22 in Woodland Track, Endeavour Hills VIC 3802, Australia.
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  • 8.41mm