Out in the woods beside the cabin in the dead of winter, I found various winter insects on a post-Christmas winter walk. This post is about the many overwintering scale insect crawlers I encountered. These Tuliptree Scale crawlers looked like miniature pill-bugs covering the branches... and, wow, they must be tough to spend the winter exposed to the wind and cold... at times, covered in ice and snow.
I expect those adult scale insects are dead, having produced thousands of young late last summer.
I did a couple of other posts about scale insects: scale insects dripping honeydew and scale insect predators. I have one more winter insect to post about from my winter walk at the
cabin a few days after Christmas.... the winter-flying moths that came to the
For other posts in this series, see:
Part 1... a post about winter crane flies.
Part 2... a post about over-wintering inchworms.