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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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 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

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1832, in the meaning defined above

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