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Woolly apple aphids

Re-posted from Update: Today while walking around the neighborhood I saw lots of migrating woolly aphids, probably woolly elm aphid, floating through the air. They look like little white troll dolls with white tufts of ‘hair’. Species in the genus Eriosoma migrate between two hosts. Woolly apple aphids have…
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Gloomy scale crawlers hatching

 Originally posted on Gloomy scale, Melanaspis tenebricosa, is an armored scale that feeds on maples and other tree species. It becomes very abundant on red maples on streets and in landscapes and can cause branch dieback and tree death in some cases. It is not unusual to find trees…
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Bagworms hatching in Raleigh, NC and on conifers near you

If you have conifers or other plants that seem to have grown weird, dangling pinecones, look again because you have bagworms. Bagworms have been hatching for the last week or so. You can find the tiny caterpillars with tiny upright bags anywhere there are bags left from last year. The…
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