Gloomy Scale (image) North Carolina State University Caption This is a gloomy scale insect (Melanaspis tenebricosa), with its protective scale pulled back. Credit Elsa Youngsteadt Usage Restrictions Photo credit must be given. Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.