Ministry of Agriculture

Pine Shoot Beetle

The Common Pine shoot beetle - Tomicus piniperda L. is recognized as one of the most destructive bark beetles of pine in its native Eurasia. During the summer of 1992, the United States first reported finding this pest in a Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) Christmas tree plantation near Cleveland, Ohio. By the end of 1992, the beetle had been reported from six states bordering on the Great Lakes. As a result of the American find surveys began in Canada in 1993 and by the end of the year established populations of T. piniperda had been found in seven counties in Southwestern Ontario. (CFIA, 1999-01-01)

Pine Shoot Beetle is now in 11 eastern U.S. states, Ontario and Quebec. It attacks most pines, preferring weak trees.

The common pine shoot beetle is not known to be present in B.C.

Adult pine shoot beetle; damage to shoot.
Photo courtesy Natural Resources Canada.

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