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Pine Shoot Beetle

Tomicus destruens

Tomicus destruens

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Survey Information

The pine shoot beetle (Tomicus destruens) is a pest of pine trees. It is very similar to Tomicus piniperda and is native to the Mediterranean area. Surveys are conducted because of the presence of potential host material in Wyoming and potential for significant harm to pine. It has not been found in the US. Two hundred seventy-one total traps have been placed throughout twenty-one counties in Wyoming.

The pine shoot beetle survey is conducted by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine. A Lindgren funnel trap with host attractant is placed on or near the host plant from May until September. If suspects are found they are sent to a state entomologist for further identification.  

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