bark beetle

noun

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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Burn permits are no longer available for burning spruce bark beetle slash, according to the municipal fire mitigation website. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage burn ban eased amid cool and rainy weather," 12 July 2018 Some 129 million trees died during the drought, which deprived the trees of water, dried out their sap and promoted infestations of bark beetles, which thrived in the heat. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Climate change ruining California’s environment, report warns," 9 May 2018 The Mat-Su is the epicenter of a potentially historic new spruce bark beetle outbreak, forest scientists say. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Voracious spruce bark beetles are back in force in Southcentral Alaska," 10 June 2018 In Alaska too: Typically, traps around Fairbanks catch about 150 spruce bark beetles a season. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Voracious spruce bark beetles are back in force in Southcentral Alaska," 10 June 2018 The court was not convinced that the bark beetles justified the logging. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Logging in Europe’s primeval forest ruled illegal," 18 Apr. 2018 Poland had argued that felling the trees was necessary to fight the spread of bark beetle infestation. Fox News, "Top EU court: Poland broke law by logging in pristine forest," 17 Apr. 2018 Poland’s environment minister at the time, Jan Szyszko, argued that felling the trees was necessary to fight the spread of bark beetle infestation. Washington Post, "Top EU court: Poland broke law by logging in pristine forest," 17 Apr. 2018 Leaving logs like that can cause bark beetles to spread. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Mat-Su floats major new timber venture. But is it too good to be true?," 8 Apr. 2018

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1832, in the meaning defined above

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