Exotic Pest Reporting
Pine shoot beetle
Pine shoot beetle (Tomicus destruens) is an insect pest.
Tomicus destruens is a species of bark beetle that occurs throughout the Mediterranean area and attacks Pinus spp. It is very similar to Tomicus piniperda. Tomicus destruens attacks the entire bole of small diameter pines and confines its attacks to the thin barked portions of the upper crowns of larger pines causing top kill. Group kills of up to 30 trees are common during the early spring.
This is just one of many forest pests that are moved to un-infested forests by humans moving firewood. Help protect our forests: don't move firewood! .