Pest Photo

Jan Liska, Forestry and Game Management Research Institute,

Lesser pine shoot beetle

Tomicus minor

Lesser pine shoot beetle (Tomicus minor) is an insect pest of Pine species. It is a native of Europe and Asia.

The lesser pine shoot beetle is regarded as a significant economic pest in Europe. Healthy pine trees can be killed by egg gallery construction, larval feeding and introduction of blue stain fungi. The blue stain fungus introduced by this insect reduces the marketability of wood products. This is just one of many forest pests that are moved to un-infested forests by humans moving firewood. Help to protect our forests: don't move firewood!

For more information about this plant pest, see the CAPS data sheet and the CABI data sheet.
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