Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Wooly Pine Scale
Snow? No. (It's Alabama in July.)
A heron's been sitting overhead? No. (Above us only sky.)
The strange white goop on this small Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda) turned out to be Woolly Pine Scale (Pseudophilippia quaintancii).
According to ACES (Alabama Cooperative Extension System), small periodic infestations are not harmful to unstressed trees.
Of course due to a late spring freeze and the recent early summer drought, pretty much everything in north Alabama is stressed.
Pine Needle Scale (Chionaspis pinifoliae) is another scale insect that looks like white gunk on pine needles.