bark beetle


Definition of bark beetle

: any of numerous beetles (family Scolytidae) that bore under the bark of trees both as a larva and as an adult

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Recent Examples on the Web For property owners around Moon Lake, the East Fork fire was a disaster, but overall the flames may have improved forest conditions in the Rock Creek drainage, which had been hit hard by the bark beetle epidemic, according to forest officials. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s largest fire of 2020 torched the Uintas’ south slope, but it may have done some good," 3 May 2021 That could be seen during last year’s Creek fire, which ignited in the Sierra National Forest, where bark beetle attacks have killed nearly 150 million trees during the last decade. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "California is primed for a severe fire season, but just how bad is anybody’s guess," 27 Apr. 2021 Over the past five years, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic have had to harvest nearly 250 million cubic metres of spruce damaged by another bark beetle infestation, this too brought on by the warming climate. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, "The US wood shortage can be traced to a decades-old beetle infestation in Canada," 18 Mar. 2021 Other studies have found that water stress is an important factor in the severity of bark beetle outbreaks. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "European Forests Have Become More Vulnerable to Insect Outbreaks," 24 Feb. 2021 Rising temperatures and falling moisture levels have stretched the West’s annual fire season by 75 days since 2000, and drought and a bark beetle epidemic have killed 150 million trees in California. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, "In California, rethinking who ‘owns’ wildfire," 30 Nov. 2020 Queensland state had been banned after customs officials found bark beetle in a shipment. Jason Scott,, "China Delays Australian Lobster Imports as Tensions Rise," 1 Nov. 2020 In the Sierra Nevada, there are easily more than 100 million trees killed by bark beetle infestations and drought, adding 2,000 tons of fuel per acre in some places. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: What will a map of America look like in 2050?," 18 Sep. 2020 Its effects have included a 500-year drought and a bark beetle infestation that have killed 150 million trees in California, as well as a summer featuring the hottest August in the state’s history. Stuart Palley, National Geographic, "Witness California's record blazes through the eyes of frontline firefighters," 16 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of bark beetle

1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Bark beetle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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