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BULLETIN N0. 67.  
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I ` A. P. GOODING. Chairman, Mayslick, Ky. `
T l ]. B. KENNEDY, Paris, Ky.
: `../. 3 _ HART BOSWELL, Lexington, Ky. I .
' j. K. PATTERSON, President of the College.
S M. A. SCOVELL, Director, Secretary.
I M. A. SCOVELL, Director.
I , A. l\I. PETER, I
`I Chemists. `
,3   _ H. E. CURTIS, I A
` ix ` , H. GARMAN, Entoznologist and Botauist.
C. \\`. I\IATHE\VS, Horticulturist.
_ R. ]. SPURRF Superintendent of Field Experiments.
,` _ ]. N. HARPER, Dairynian.
Q V. E. MUNCY, Weather Observer.
' MISS ALICE M. SHELBY, Stenographer.
I Address of the Station—LEXINGTON, KY.
  The Bulletins of the Station will he mailed free to any citizen of
. Kentucky who sends his nanie and address to the Station for that purpose.
. Correspondents will please notify the Director of changes in their
_ post-oiiice address, or any failure to receive the Bulletins.
KI2N'PUCK\' A(§RICUL'I`lTR.-\L Exi·1~1RIAr121I.ANTs. i
in San jose scale attacks most, or all of the deciduous
Ut fruit trees and shrubs. It spreads from them at times to
i¤ , other plants, such as linden, elm, osage orange, etc., but
Nl is preeminently a fruit pest, and as such has no equal at
id j present in this country.
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  4 Insects might be arranged in two groups, according
  to their manner of attacking plants. Such as the army
T worm, tobacco worm and potato beetle gnaw away and de-
` i vour the substance of plants, and can generally be de- .
2 — ; stroyed by putting poisons like Paris green on the plants T -
  they attack. But a more troublesome group is composed
_   Q of insects that are provided with piercing beaks by means
Z l V ` of which they suck up the sap of plants, Because of
their manner of feeding they cannot be readily killed
. unless some preparation with corrosive or other destruc-
. tive properties can be brought in contact with their
`· bodies. t
, ‘ The San jose scale is one of these puncturing in-
i   sects, and if one of the scales is removed and the insect
"».. ‘ll i beneath is carefully detached from the bark, the slender
V   i · beak, consisting of several very fine threads, will by the
procedure be withdrawn from the bark and may be seen .
__ . under the microscope arising from the mouth near the
ii g front end of the body.
  Now a single scale insect such as this, or even a hun-
’ ‘· dred, would do no serious harm to a thrifty tree, but the
San jose scale increases at so rapid a rate that the bark ‘
of infested trees soon becomes thickly covered, and the
insects may spread thence to leaves and fruit. It has
been stated that the offspring of a single female during
` ` one season would if all the eggs produced young and
  these matured, reach the astonishing number of three
· thousand millions. The rate of increase is undoubtedly
l extraordinary, and the figures given serve in a general
‘ way to explain why so small an insect can quickly be-
; come so very destructive. The millions of minute mouths
I constantly engaged in pumping out the sap drain infested ~
l plants of the materials they elaborate for their own
i   growth and sustenance, and the result is a gradual de-
cline and ultimate death. The injury may not be ac- .

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companied by any unusual growth, though badly infested i
T twigs and fruit are sometimes deformed, but the tissue of . .
g ‘ both bark and fruit about the attacked scales often as- t ·
3;   sumes a quite characteristic reddish color.   , ,
is Unlike many other insect pests which frequent nur- i   _
nf series, this scale insect remains on the trees all the year
ed A round. It is present on the twigs of young trees when
c- these are shipped in the'fall and spring. Otherwise
ir than by this means it does not spread very rapidly,
and hence it is believed that a rigid inspection of nur- ._
n- sery stock will in great measure restrict it to localities in
ct; which it is now established.
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*¤ WVhile the San jose scale may be recognized with a , `{
1€ useful degree of certainty by any intelligent man who is l
. provided with a good hand magnifier and has a definite .
¤· ` idea of its appearance, it is a rather diliicult matter to I
Je decide positively the question of species, because of the il
rk ` presence on certain fruits of scale insects belonging to · V
le the Same genus (Aspidiotns), and of very similar appear- i
3$ ance. Some little familiarity with the use of the com-
lg pound microscope is necessary, as well as a knowledge of E l
id methods of preparing small objects for miscroscopic ex- i _
€€ aniination. It is best for the practical man when in doubt ~
lY to submit the question for definite determination to ,`
al S0me one who has at hand conveniences for doing this 1
>€· kind of work. The Experiment Station at Lexington
h5 will make such examinations free of charge. Those send-
lid ing us infected twigs for examination are requested to
VB enclose them carefully in tight boxes. A small piece of
l€- infested twig which can be sent through the mail will be
.c·- sufhcient for the purpose.

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  2 I A The female scale is nearl circular in outline rather
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  I flat, and has a small round nearly central cap. It varies
i _ in diameter from 1-25 to 2-25 inch. It is so closely fas-
I · tened to the bark commonly that its outer margin is not
, _ , clearly apparent even under a hand magnifier. The color I
; varies from gray to reddish brown and dark ash.
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A 1]%.wrY  —·i~t%C likely to suffer severely from invasion, the basis of which l
is inspection by State Entomologists. In a number of i A
> States such laws have already been adopted, and the
J probability is that in the course of the next three or four
2 years every State in the Union will have such a law in
2 operation. Kentucky should not be behind her sister _
- States in protecting the interests of her fruit growers, and
l it is to be hoped that the resolution adopted by our State
1 · Horticultural Society at its last meeting requesting the r
2 Governor of the Commonwealth to include the consider- p 1
t ation of this subject in his call for a special session of the _ —
2 General Assembly may lead to the passage of an effective ` °
2 law requiring that no infested nursery stock shall be  
1 shipped to buyers in this State. g
) There can be no question about the need of such l
legislation. That is conceded by everybody concerned. ‘ l_
t 4 Nor should there be any concerning the necessity of im-
, mediate action. Professor S. A. Forbes, Chairman of (
- the Committee on Entomology of the American Asso-   `
s — ciation of Agricultural Colleges and Experiment Stations, _
t writes in a recent letter: _
"Action cannot be taken too soon in this direction, ll
since danger of the importation, establishnient and
j spread of injurious insects and fungus diseases of fruits
{ increases rapidly with the very great increase in inter-
, state and international commerce in fruits and nursery
l _ stock. The nursery business is being largely revolution-
2 ized by specialization, each kind of stock being grown

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  ·* . most generaly inisome region especially adapted to it and
Q   thence shipped _far and wide on the `orders of nursery-
V _ Itnminent danger of the introduction ofthe San_ ·
. * Jose scale has greatly stimulated this movement, and,
é _ those States that are prompt andeiiergetic are the ones,
; V which are most likely to escapeigreat horticultural losses.,
' . I am glad to see that Kentucky people are moving in S
°   ' · this direction, andiliope that theirefforts to protect them-
' selvesiagaist invasion from without and to prevent the
_ multiplication and spread ot the fruit pests already es-_
V tablished in thatState may be suc`cessful.’.’   ° ` _
2 A State legislation alone cannot beiexpected to protect
e us from the· inroads of pests _1¤gp¤rted— on nursery stock
i Qt ‘ fromf foreign countries A large number of the most
;g,_   , troublesome species"have bee»n_brought.to th_is_ country in
‘   ‘ this manner. It is important that there should be in-
spection,_,under Federal authority at ports of entry; A,
V bill recently framedby a National cOtwe¤t1O’¤t (held at
F Washington, D. C., March 51 and 6, 18g;) _of fruit g'rowers,_
  nurserytnen and Station workers, providing for such in- A
} A. spection, has been presented to Congressf This conven-
A tion made the following recommendationswith reference ·
to State legislation against insect and fungus pests: i
Ist. That each State should provide for the proper
__ inspection of nurseries and other premises for the detec-
" ` tion of the presence of the San ]ose scale, or other dan-
  gerously iniurious insects or plant diseases.
‘ · ‘2d. That each State should provide for the proper
" and timely application of the most approved remedial or  
' preventive treatment when found necessary.  
. gd. That should packages of nursery stock, etc., be l
S _ shipped into a State contrary to law, z". ra, without proper
‘ _ inspection certificates attached, it ought to be so handled ·
, as to receive proper inspection and not be destoyed unless
condetnned by proper and competent authority. A

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4th. That each State co-operate in securing the 4 ,
passage and enforcement of a National law, providing ~ 4
against the introduction and dissemination of San jose ,
A · scale and other dangerously injurious insects and plant _ j
diseases by means of imports through inter-state com- ¤ i
merce. ¥ '
These recommendations have the endorsement of the k
foremost practical fruit growers in this country, and with l `
intelligent and progressive men such as these earnestly
advocating laws of this character there can be no ex-
cuse for failure to put them on our statute books.
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