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FRUIT PESTS—A NEW SPECIES OF SCALE INSECT.

TO TUB EDITOR. Sir, —Ten days ago I received some scale insects from Mr Barrett, ,of the " Mail " office, who stated that they had been for some time infesting hii>' currant and gooseberry bushes. From the peculiar structure of some of the insects, and not having noticed them previously m this district, I suspected them to be strangers, and I accordingly sent them on to Mr Maskell, m Wellington. This gentleman i —who is the best authority on scale insects m New Zealand—informs me thac they are Lecamum nbes, a species common' on currant and gooseberry bushes m Europe and America, but not previously reported m New Zealand. Mr Maskell much regrets iU occurrence here, as he thinks it is likely to become a "great | nuisance." The form of the insect is, very different to the apple scale, being much j larger and rounder m shape, and of * dull brown color. To owners of gardens, who perhaps are not acquainted with the habits of scale insects, it cannot be too strongly impressed on them that th& present is the time to take action against all. scale pests. Little's or Redwood's blight specifics are both valuable and efficacious |m eradicating them. I have used them both this season with excellent success. Full printed instructions are given'*with I oach tin, and 1 no time 1 s'ho'ujcl be lost m waging war agah'isfc these' trdiiMelsome peats. ■■ Thanking you for inserting niy several letters oh'-this'kulrject.—l am, etc., W. W. Smith. East Belt, Ashburtqn,'tat,'ty . '

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FRUIT PESTS—A NEW SPECIES OF SCALE INSECT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2554, 27 October 1890

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FRUIT PESTS—A NEW SPECIES OF SCALE INSECT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2554, 27 October 1890

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