Source: AgriLife Today
Researchers in Texas are monitoring the crape myrtle bark scale, which is relatively new in the state and could potentially affect growers if an uncontrollable infestation occurred on their farm.
The crape myrtle bark scale is an invasive insect species from Asia and secretes a sugary solution, known as honeydew, that subsequently results in black mold along the branches. The crape myrtle bark scale has not shown to be fatal for plants and has been limited to crape myrtles. Last year crape myrtle bark scale populations peaked in early May at the selected sites and populations began ramping up in mid-April.
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