Thumbs down: Sapsuckers suck, tulips that is
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources reports swarms of suckers, a.k.a tulip tree scale insects, are on the move, collecting sap from tulip (yellow) poplars, Indiana's state tree, as well as the occasional basswood, persimmon, magnolia, catalpa, redbud and walnut. The sap-sucking bugs rain a sticky film of excrement, or "honeydew," on vehicles, landscaping near the trees. The stress they give the trees will cause decline and possibly even death. Also, the honeydew feeds sooty mold fungus, which turns black the branches and leaves it infects. The scale insects are not alone in their assault on Indiana's tree canopy. Emerald Ash Borer continues its rampage of the Hoosier landscape, as well. Certified arborists, the DNR and Purdue County Extension (1-888-EXT-INFO) can help locals interested in protecting their tree cover to devise a counterattack.