Identification and Biology of Southern Pine Bark Beetles

Bark beetles are the most destructive insects affecting pines in the southern United States. Greatest losses occur in loblolly and shortleaf pine stands, although most of the 11 native pines in the South are attacked. To be effectively dealt with, any pest (or pests) must first be identified. This handbook provides the reader with information to distinguish between the five southern pine bark beetle species based on symptoms of attack, adult appearance, and differences in life cycles and behaviour.

The Locust Borer

The locust borer is a native insect. Its original range probably coincided with that of its host tree, the black locust.

Southern Pine Beetle

The southern pine beetle is one of pine's most destructive insect enemies in the Southern United States, Mexico, and Central America

The Southern Pine Beetle

The Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) inhabits Tennessee forests, and as forest landowners, we should be prepared to deal with the insect. Each year SPB causes thousands of dollars worth of damage to stands of Southern yellow pines, e.g., Loblolly, shortleaf and Virginia pines. Landowners living near or on their property can reduce losses to SPB by knowing the symptoms of a SPB attack, what to do about it and how to prevent it.

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