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

Examples of bark beetle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So far, conditions are ideal, including brittle dead trees and branches felled by a bark beetle infection and a weather forecast that offers little respite. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 24 July 2022 Just a few years earlier, Bentz had surveyed bristlecone populations across the West and found that few were succumbing to the bark beetle outbreaks that decimated so many other species. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, 14 July 2022 In the meantime, the daunting task of keeping an eye out for bark beetle attacks in public lands belongs to forest pathologists like MacKenzie. Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2022 Based on data from field agents and satellite imagery, the company’s GIS analysts can identify which tracts contain tree species most vulnerable to threats like the invasive bark beetle. Brian Cross, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Sformo and others found that the red flat bark beetle could withstand 240 degrees below zero Fahrenheit without perishing. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Feb. 2022 The finding, which quantifies earlier notions that climate change has supercharged the bark beetle, bodes poorly for the future of California’s forests. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Dec. 2021 Robbins thinks that increasing forest diversity will be a protective factor against bark beetle attacks. Jennifer Clare Ball, Wired, 17 Dec. 2021 The bark of gray, dead, towering trees is punctured by tiny pinpricks: traces of the European spruce bark beetle. New York Times, 19 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bark beetle

1832, in the meaning defined above

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31 Jul 2022

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“Bark beetle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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