Subject: Black Bug ID
Location: Florence, Alabama
October 29, 2013 5:48 pm
My daughter photographed this bug. It has a very clear pattern on its back, like a decorated suit coat.
Signature: Jerry Owen

Barklouse

Barklouse

Hi Jerry,
These are Barklice and they are commonly called Tree Cattle because they form colonies on trees.  They are benign creatures that feed on lichens and they do not harm the trees.

Tree Cattle

Tree Cattle

Daniel Marlos,
My daughter lives in Alabama and I in Mississippi.  But she got me an insect book for Father’s Day, and with the PC, we stay in touch.
And I thank you.
Jerry W. Owen
Ripley, MS

Location: Florence, Alabama

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