What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: What’s that bug??
Location: Coeur d alene idaho
May 28, 2017 10:33 am
My tree out front has these bug eggs all around the outside of it. The leaves are turning black and seems to be leaving the sidewalk underneath it sticky. I think they might be ladybugs? What are they and how do I save my tree?
Signature: Concerned citizen


Dear Concerned Citizen,
We are unable to provide you with a species identification, but we can tell you that these are not eggs.  They are plant feeding insects in the order Hemiptera, and all Hemipterans, a group that includes Scale Insects and Aphids, have mouths designed to pierce and suck fluids, which is why your tree is ailing.  Also, many Hemipterans secrete honeydew, which is why the sidewalk is sticky.  Are you able to identify the tree?  Knowing the plant host is often a tremendous asset when trying to identify insects.


What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Coeur d alene, Idaho

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