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Photo by Steven Valley, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Bugwood.org
The Black Spruce Beetle (Tetropium castaneum) is a pest of many pine, fir and spruce species. It is native to Europe and northern Asia. It has not been found in the United States, but has been intercepted on wood products at ports in the US. Surveys are conducted because of the presence of potential host material in Wyoming. To date, it has not been found in Wyoming.
The Black Spruce Beetle survey is conducted by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine as part of the Exotic Bark Beetle Survey.
A cross vane 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 regional entomologist for