Bark turning black on Crape Mrytle

The bark on my Crape Myrtle tree is turning very dark, almost black. It is only on two of four main trunks of the tree. What is this? FYI: It has been very rainy in Texas this summer.
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"You may be describing azalea scale, which has become a problem of Crape Myrtles in Texas. You may have to spray an insecticide like malathion right away to stop the problem, and follow up in two weeks with another application. Go to the Texas A&M University cooperative extension Web site and read the article at this URL:
It will tell you what to do right now and in the future about this problem."

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