The Balsam Woolly Adelgid

The balsam woolly adelgid is a tiny insect that has made a major impact on the dark, cool forests of Fraser fir on the highest mountain peaks of western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and southwestern Virginia. Native to central Europe, the balsam woolly adelgid has now spread throughout eastern and western North America. It attacks all true firs, including Fraser fir, which is the dominant Christmas tree species produced in western North Carolina.

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