Natural Enemies in Disguise

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Tulip tree scales and white fluffy lady beetle larvae on a tulip poplar twig. Photo:SD Frank

Tulip tree scales and white fluffy lady beetle larvae on a tulip poplar twig. Photo:SD Frank

Tulip tree scales and other soft scales are maturing and producing a lot of honeydew. This makes people notice them and want to do something. Before you do take a closer look at scale and aphid infestations for natural enemies that may be doing the job for you. Be particularly careful of wolves in sheep’s clothing. There is a whole group of lady beetles that look like scales and mealybugs as larvae. You can read more about them in previous posts. These voracious predators are easily mistaken for mealybugs, eriococcid scales, cottony scales, woolly aphids, and other pests. Just be careful.