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Subject: What are these
Location: 01267
July 24, 2015 3:57 pm
These bugs where at the base of a old blue spruce tree in Williamson ma 01267.
zoom in to see the bee like markings.
Thank you
Signature: Jesse Wirtes

Tree Cattle

Tree Cattle

Dear Jesse,
This is probably the most amazing aggregation of immature Barklice or Tree Cattle we have ever seen.  Barklice are benign creatures that feed on lichens and fungus on tree bark.  Though they do not harm the tree, they might be symptomatic of an ailing tree.  Adult Barklice have wings.

Tree Cattle

Tree Cattle

Daniel,
Thank you!
The photo was just a small part of the mass that was around and on the tree.
Jesse

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Williamson, Massachusetts

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