Dying pine infested with beetles

Image: Dying pine infested with beetles

Detailed Description

Mountain pine beetle-infested trees turn a striking red color throughout their crown as they're dying.

Mountain pine beetle outbreaks can result in the loss of millions of pine trees throughout western North America. The beetles lay eggs and develop in the bark of mountain trees, especially lodgepole, ponderosa, Scotch, and limber pines. The beetles carry bluestain fungus spores, which infect the trees and turn the sapwood a bluish color. Both the beetles and the fungi eventually kill their host trees.


Image Dimensions: 1936 x 1296

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Location Taken: Rocky Mountain National Park, CO, US