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Fletcher Scale

United States National Collection of Scale Insects Photographs Archive, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org
Parthenolecanium fletcheri (Cockerell)  This insect overwinters as a small, reddish brown nymph on twigs and needles mostly on yew and arborvitae.. Vulnerable overwintering females (before egg production occurs) are present as redbud and Koreanspice viburnum are in bloom. Look for crawlers as elderberry or ‘Hills of Snow’ hydrangea are in bloom.

Fletcher Scale also affects a wide variety of coniferous plants such as Taxus, arborvitae, junipers, and even baldcypress (Taxodium spp.).


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