Identification: Maple tree and ants

Discussion in 'Maples' started by djvaranus, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. djvaranus

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    I came home to a bizarre sight on my maple tree. Large white puffs have covered the trunk and many branches. Black Ants are all over these. I tried opening many of them and saw little yellow specs (eggs maybe) and the white "puff" was like a soft coccoon that spread out easily and was very sticky. Each puff has a light brown cap. These look like the kernal of popcorn. I live in south western Ontario (Elmira). I have never seen this before. No other tree in my area has any of these. Any ideas of what this is?
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Lecanium (or similar) scale insects, which the ants are visiting for their sticky secretions - insects that suck plant sap have to excrete excess sugars.
     
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    Lecanium (or similar) scale insects.
     

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