SUN-STAR PHOTO BY MARCI STENBERG
Eucalyptus trees throughout Merced County and the state are infested with the psyllid, an insect that is native to Australia. The tiny orange insects form a cover called a lerp, which is a white cap formed of honeydew and wax. Because of the drought, the trees are more susceptible to the insect, which can completely defoliate a tree.
SUN-STAR PHOTO BY MARCI STENBERG Eucalyptus trees throughout Merced County and the state are infested with the psyllid, an insect that is native to Australia. The tiny orange insects form a cover called a lerp, which is a white cap formed of honeydew and wax. Because of the drought, the trees are more susceptible to the insect, which can completely defoliate a tree. Merced Sun-Star
SUN-STAR PHOTO BY MARCI STENBERG Eucalyptus trees throughout Merced County and the state are infested with the psyllid, an insect that is native to Australia. The tiny orange insects form a cover called a lerp, which is a white cap formed of honeydew and wax. Because of the drought, the trees are more susceptible to the insect, which can completely defoliate a tree. Merced Sun-Star

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August 07, 2009 11:21 PM

Tiny pest leaves Eucalyptus trees inundated

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