I thought – super cool insect discovery! Weird weird! These little grey lumps – clearly insects, that shrink away from being poked, all grouped up on a branch, with abundant hairy frosting all over them with a kind of fungus texture.
Different! Never seen anything like it.
That’s because it’s a dire invasive species recently arrived in Nova Scotia and destroying hemlock stands.
Just great. Another invasive species.
This little clump was about 8′ from our door, and also, it was on a small alder. If it’s happy on alder, then it will have no shortage of hosts.