What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  What’s this bug/insect?
Geographic location of the bug:  New Jersey Pine Barrens
Date: 10/01/2017
Time: 11:07 AM EDT
A friend of mine in NJ found these on her shed in the Pine Barrens.  It’s a wooded, swampy, sandy area that is densely populated with many trees including oaks and pines of all sorts
How you want your letter signed:  Curios creature that

Barklice

Dear Curios,
We often receive identification requests for Barklice that are found in large numbers on trees in lawns.  Though they appear as though they are harmful to the trees, Barklice actually feed on lichens and they do no harm to the trees.  Barklice are commonly called Tree Cattle.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Pine Barrens, New Jersey

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