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Seven new species of galling scale insects

Galls are remarkable - insect collections often have trays of gall specimens amongst their trays of insects. Many different groups of insects make galls in plant tissues, often in very characteristic shapes.

In a recent paper in Zookeys, taxonomist Nate Hardy from Auburn University, USA and colleagues revise the genus Lachnodius, part of an Australian radiation of felt scale insects that produce galls in eucalypts and bloodwoods.

The previous three species in the genus are now joined by by seven new ones, with delightful names such as L. eucalypti , L. brimblecombei, L. melliodorae and the aptly named L. newi.

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