Black Hills Knowledge Netowork

March 27, 2013

Another Hungry Beetle Eating into Black Hills Trees

Black Hills forest assaulted by engraver beetles in the spring and mountain pine beetles in the summer.

Ips or Engraver beetle

When pine trees have plenty of moisture and are not stressed, pine engraver beetles attack only the limbs and tops of the trees. They are capable of killing trees during a drought.  Black Hills pine trees have been stressed by drought for more than a year.  Read the full article in the Rapid City Journal and follow the pine beetle items in the archives.  Learn more about the Ips engraver beetle at the US Forest Service.

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