Preserved mountain pine beetles next to a killed pine

Image: Preserved mountain pine beetles next to a killed pine

Detailed Description

Preserved mature mountain pine beetles are held next to the trunk of a dead pine.

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.

Details

Image Dimensions: 1936 x 1296

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Location Taken: Red Feather Lakes, CO, US