Wondering what these insects are.
Location: Southeast Georgia
April 9, 2012 11:17 am
Curious what these insects are that group up on the sweet gum trees in my yard and if I should have them exterminated or leave them be?
Signature: James Pape

Tree Cattle

Hi James,
You have a colony of immature (striped) and adult (winged) Bark Lice, commonly called Tree Cattle.  They are benign creatures that feed on lichens, and they will not harm your tree.

Thanks for the info, I’ll be keeping those guys around and let other know.

Location: Georgia

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