Kōrero: Southern beech forest

Sooty mould and honeydew

Sooty mould and honeydew

Many South Island beech forests are infested with scale insects, which suck sap and secrete honeydew from their anal tubes (fine hair-like growths on the tree trunk). Sooty mould fungi grow on waste honeydew that has run down tree trunks, forming a dark sponge-like covering.

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Photograph by Christina Troup

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Joanna Orwin, 'Southern beech forest - Ecology', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/13321/sooty-mould-and-honeydew (accessed 4 April 2020)

He kōrero nā Joanna Orwin, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007