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Mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae)

Order: Coleoptera (ko-lee-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Scolytidae
Genus: Dendroctonus
Species: ponderosae

Members' Notes:


On Aug 28, 2007, daryl from vernon, BC (Zone 6a) wrote:

The mountain pine beetle can be found in B.C. and Alberta 12 western American states and even Mexico.The effects of this insect are devastating in the Province of British Columbia,over 9.2 million hectares are now in the red attack stage (as seen in photo).Attacking the mature lodge pole pine tree (considered mature after 80 years).The economic implications will impact over 30 communities and directly affect the livelihoods of over 25,000 families in British Columbia.
The life span of an individual mountain pine beetle is one year.Pine beetle larvae spend the winter under the bark.They continue to feed in the spring and transform into pupae in June and July.Adult mountain pine beetles emerge from the infested tree over the course of the summer and the early fall.
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