Tipping the Scales

Giant Pine Scale

The family Margarodidae contains the “Giant Scale Insects” including the Giant Pine Scale, Marchalina hellenica, a whopping 8 mm long. This scale insect is native to the eastern Mediterranean including Greece and Turkey. The scale insect feeds on pine and fir and secretes a cottony protective covering. It also secretes honeydew that honeybees use for food. Giant Pine Scale is popular among beekeepers because it creates a source of food in pine forests where nectar may…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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