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! .