JCLG, The Dalton School & sap sucking plant lice

Dalton School Bush Block by Bob Spiller (Jerrawa Creek Landcare Group JCLG)

One of the major attractions at the recent Dalton Public School Spring Fair was ULSC Senior Weeds Manager Paul Brown who unleashed a small swarm of Cape Broom Psyllids (Arytinnis hakani)before a small but appreciative crowd. These little sap sucking plant lice are a proven effective biological control for Cape Broom, a Weed of National Significance, which is present in the school’s bush block. They are small, reaching no more that 2 mm in length, but voracious feeders on their preferred fodder, the Cape Broom. We hope to see the effects of this release when school resumes in the new year.

”Look, there’s one! Paul Brown points to a psyllid about to fly out to its new home in the Dalton Bush Block.
”Look, there’s one! Paul Brown points to a psyllid about to fly out to its new home in the Dalton Bush Block.

JCLG (Jerrawa Creek Landcare Group) is very hopeful that we will be able to help the school develop the block into an outdoor classroom showcasing the endangered Box Gum Grassy Woodland environment in partnership with Greening Australia [and possibly another philanthropic partner] in the coming year.

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