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 Drawing on interviews with experts and a lot of field reporting, Mathews explains and examines the interwoven impact of forest management policies, bark beetles, funguses, a warming Earth and more. oregonlive, "Our forests are in trouble, says Portland author, and the coronavirus pandemic won’t help," 13 Apr. 2020 Spruce bark beetles killed broad swaths of forests on the Kenai Peninsula 20 years ago. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Voracious spruce bark beetles are back in force in Southcentral Alaska," 10 June 2018 But after bark beetles ravaged a hillside once covered with pines, Mr. Meyer-Stork was forced to raze the land and sell the damaged wood to make paper or particle board for half of the usual price. Melissa Eddy, New York Times, "Climate Change Strikes at the Heart of German Identity: The Woods," 24 Dec. 2019 But all that changed with startling speed because of the Dutch elm fungus, spread by bark beetles, beginning in Ohio in the 1930s. David Sharp,, "Clones help famous elm tree named Herbie live on, for now," 19 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, bark beetle infestations following the historic droughts of 2006 to 2010 and 2011 to 2017 killed an estimated 150 million trees, which are now primed to burn. David Helvarg, National Geographic, "How will California prevent more mega-wildfire disasters?," 20 Dec. 2019 The attrition, made worse by drought, bark beetle infestations and diseases like sudden oak death, is threatening the future of the tree canopy in California, Stewart said. Peter Fimrite,, "Rebuilding forests after massive fires: Debate over best methods moves to court," 10 Dec. 2019 Invasive species such as the bark beetle, which thrive in warmer temperatures, have attacked trees across the North American west, from Mexico to the Yukon. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Vanishing ice puts Mongolia's reindeer herders at risk," 20 Nov. 2019 German researchers and foresters have told NBC News the damage is the result of high temperatures and lack of rain drying out the trees, and in the case of the spruce, weakening its defenses against pests such as the bark beetle. NBC News, "Forests of German myth under physical attack from drought and heat," 20 Oct. 2019

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1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Bark beetle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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