Scouting for Scale at Snowy Solstice

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Scouting for scale in the Winter is great use of your time. 

Scale comes in many shapes, sizes and varieties. Last year we saw Oyster Shell, Calico, Juniper, Greevy, Bamboo, Fletcher, Japanese maple, Pine Needle, Brown, Putnam, Euonymus and Magnolia Scale.

Scale is sometimes hard to see when a plant is in full foliage. But in the winter with no leaves on trees and shrubs, except evergreen, scale are easier to see.

Scouting scale in the winter makes sense because there is less to care for outside in the landscape. The following pictures are Scale images on the corresponding tree or shrub they infested.

 

Putnam Scale on Pieris

 

Putnam Scale

Jerry A. Payne, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org

 

Euonymus Scale on Euonymus

 

Euonymus Scale

 

Juniper scale on Juniper

 

Juniper Scale

Joseph LaForest, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org 

 

Fletcher Scale on Taxus

 

Fletcher Scale

J.A. Davidson, Univ. Md, College Pk, Bugwood.org 

 

Brown Scale on Ilex

 

Brown Scale

United States National Collection of Scale Insects Photographs , USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org 

 

 

Terapin Scale 

 

Terrapin Scale

 

Pine Needle Scale on Pines

 

Pine Needle Scale

 

Japanese Maple Scale on Maples

 

Japanese Maple Scale

Central Science Laboratory, Harpenden , British Crown, Bugwood.org

 

Scale on Pachysandra

 

Brown Scale

Lesley Ingram, Bugwood.org 

 

 

Calico Scale on Honeylocust

 

Calico Scale

 

 

Oyster Shell Scale on Roses

Oystershell scale

 

Magnolia Scale on Magnolia

 

Magnolia Scale

 

So nothing to do on a snowy day………………..go scouting for scale.

 

And take along pen and paper. You’ll want to write down plant and location so you can return to treat with dormant oil or insecticides as the label recommends. Happy Scouting