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Banyan falls prey to mysterious pest

Local experts do not know how or when the lobate lac scale insect infested Oahu

By Marcie Kagawa

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 12, 2013

~~<p>A popular weeping banyan tree in Moana&shy;lua Gardens is dying from an infestation of a pest that's new to the islands but has quickly spread on Oahu, officials said.</p>
<p>The state Department of Agriculture has received reports of trees from Pearl City to downtown Hono&shy;lulu infested with lobate lac scale, an insect believed to be native to Asia or Oceania capable of killing plants by feeding off their sap.</p>
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A popular weeping banyan tree in Moana­lua Gardens is dying from an infestation of a pest that's new to the islands but has quickly spread on Oahu, officials said.

The state Department of Agriculture has received reports of trees from Pearl City to downtown Hono­lulu infested with lobate lac scale, an insect believed to be native to Asia or Oceania capable of killing plants by feeding off their sap. Login for more...



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