I helped Honolulu Civil Beat reporter, Denby Fawcett, with her article Oahu’s Banyan Trees Are Under Attack, Many Are Dying. Visit http://www.civilbeat.com/posts/2014/05/13/22070-denby-fawcett-oahus-banyan-trees-are-under-attack-many-are-dying/ to see the article.

The Lobate Lac Scale has killed several weeping banyans (Ficus benjimina) and many more are in decline and will likely die soon. The stem gall wasp is killing the Chinese banyan (Ficus microcarpa), which has also proven to be susceptible to the Lobate Lac Scale.