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Mystery bug on red cedar
November 16, 2009
These pictures were in Eastern Long Island in August. They were on eastern red cedar in a “grove”. Trees had cedar quince rust, even on trunks. I think they may be involved in disease spread. Move very fast in “herd” like fashion. Third image is azalea lacebug, thought you might be interested..it shows the helmet and cowl fairly clearly!
Dr. Andy
Bridgehampton, NY (Long Island)

Tree Cattle

Tree Cattle

Dear Dr. Andy,
The Barklice you wanted identified are perfectly harmless.  They are sometimes called Tree Cattle.  The pictured individuals are immature and the adults will have wings.  Thanks for also including the photo of the Azalea Lace Bug.

Azalea Lace Bug

Azalea Lace Bug

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2 Responses to Barklice and Azalea Lace Bug

  1. Cici says:

    My partner goes camping quite a bit. about 6 months ago, came back with a nasty huge rash on the side of his leg which has healed, went camping 2 more times, came back with the same type of itchy rash. Since that initial 6 months ago, we have noticed an increase of a very very tiny, fennel-looking (black to naked eye – off-white with an interior black line on body with a magnifier) all over our house inside and out, furniture, bed, floor, outdoor furniture, even at the bottom of our small pool. I do have pictures and have stickie rolled samples, but no one seems to know what they are. Tried DE-Food-grade, lemon oil, tried Borax – none seem effective, getting ready to try cedarwood oil / alcohol / water… Can you help?

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