Tree Cattle

Subject: Bugs on crape myrtle
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
June 11, 2016 8:48 am
Can you tell me what this is? Just noticed while cutting grass.
Signature: Cody

Tree Cattle
Tree Cattle

Dear Cody,
These are Barklice or Tree Cattle.  They are benign creatures that do not harm the tree as they feed on lichens that frequently grow on older trees.  Your image contains mostly striped nymphs, though if you look closely, you will see a few winged adults.

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