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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Persistent drought, heat, and bark beetle infestations have combined to kill off 129 million trees across California. Umair Irfan, Vox, "What we learned from the disasters that hammered the US in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Also, drought and bark beetles have killed 129 million trees in California since 2016, creating more fuel. Seth Borenstein, Fox News, "Science Says: 'The warmer it is, the more fire we see'," 19 Aug. 2018 Broad stands of dead trees killed by bark beetle are often clear-cut. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Facing Deadlier Fires, California Tries Something New: More Logging," 17 Nov. 2018 Six years of drought, including the driest period in California history, collided with bark beetle infestations that started spreading in rapidly in 2010, killing off scores of the state’s iconic giants. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The Paradise fire is catastrophic. And the wildfire threat to California is only growing.," 17 Nov. 2018 The name bark beetles says it all: These dark brown bugs burrow themselves into tree trunks. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "Your Christmas Tree Might Be Filled With Bugs," 29 Nov. 2016 The ruling goes against the government's insistence, that the extensive logging was a necessary step in the fight against the spread of the bark beetle. Fox News, "Polish court acquits protesters of logging in old forest," 11 May 2018 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

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1832, in the meaning defined above

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