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spruce beetle

noun
1.
a beetle, Dendroctonus rufipennis, that feeds on and nests in spruce, pine, and other evergreen trees, sometimes causing extensive damage.
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  • Managing forest stands can reduce the potential for spruce beetle outbreaks.
  • Defoliation by aphids cause reduced tree growth and can predispose the host to other mortality agents, such as the spruce beetle.

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