Arborvitae (Thuja)-Scale insect


Black pineleaf scale (Dynaspidiotus californica)
Juniper scale (Carulaspis juniperi)
Pine needle scale (Chionaspis pinifoliae)

Pest description and damage Pine needle scale are about 0.125 inch in diameter, elongate, pure white scales with a cast larval skin at the narrow end. Males are smaller and more elongate. Red eggs are laid beneath the female scale cover. Crawlers are yellow and flat. Nymphs and adults feed on the needles. Heavily infested trees may appear crusty white or "flocked." Infested needles turn yellow, then brown. Twigs and branches may be killed. Repeated infestations eventually may kill plants. Pine needle scale are often found with the black pine leaf scale, which is convex, about 0.06 inch in length, black with gray margins and a central yellow area. Pine needle scale is most serious on ornamental pines that are under stress or along dusty roads. This insect may infest arborvitae, cedar, hemlock, spruce and Douglas-fir. The female juniper scale is also about 0.06 inch in diameter, shaped like a small round volcano with a yellow top (cast off crawler "skin"), while the males are elongate with the cast skin at the narrow end. Crawlers are bright yellow, but fade to tan as they begin to form the scale cover.

Biology and life history The pine needle scale overwinters as red eggs under the female scale covering. Eggs hatch in spring and reddish crawlers move along needles and molt, becoming yellow with a dark central spot. A second generation occurs in mid-summer (July). Black pine leaf scale eggs are laid in June and hatch into crawlers in July and spend winter feeding on foliage. There is one generation per year in Oregon. Juniper scale overwinters as eggs beneath the female scale cover. Eggs hatch in spring and the pale yellow crawlers move to the last season's needles. Once females settle, they will remain in that spot.

For biology, life history, monitoring and management

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Management-chemical control

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For more information

Anon. Juniper scale in Pests of Trees and Shrubs. IPM of Midwest Landscapes, p. 159. University of Minnesota. p.159 (