Southern Pine Beetle Information Center
Welcome to the Southern Pine Beetle Information Center. The southern pine beetle (SPB) is a pest of pine trees most commonly associated with the southern United States. More information about this insect’s native range, biology, and preferred hosts can be found in the Publications section.
SPB is considered a pulse eruptive insect herbivore that often causes significant ecological and economic damage during outbreak years. There have been frequent, severe, and widespread SPB outbreaks in the last half of the 20th century throughout the Southeast, however, recent SPB activity has been localized and short-lived – see the Historical Data section for a better understanding of SPB population fluctuations.
Each year SPB populations are monitored through a spring trapping system and the trapping results are used to better predict areas where outbreaks may occur during the upcoming months.
Current Outbreak Status
Current outbreak status for the current year in the Southern U.S. and Around the Globe are also available.
SPB outbreaks are best managed through forest management activities that reduce individual tree stress and improve the overall forest structure. These activities, such as thinning, prescribed fire, and planting less susceptible tree species, are described on the SPB prevention tab.
More local information about SPB can also be obtained through the USDA Forest Service or State Forest Health Specialists – see contacts.
Abstract The validity of Dendroctonus frontalis Zimmerman, D. brevicomis Leconte, D. mexicanus Hopkins, D. vitei Wood, D. approximatus Dietz, and D. adjunctus Blandford as distinct species is supported by breeding experiments, karyology, male genitalia, and external...
Life Cycle of Dendrolaelaps neodisetus (Mesostigmata: Digamasellidae), a Nematophagous Mite Associated with Pine Bark Beetles (Coleoptera: Scolytidae)
Abstract Dendrolaelaps neodisetus (Hurlbutt) completed its development in 144 to 312 h at 25°C. Longevity of adults ranged from 14 to 105 days for females and 11 to 113 days for males. After a preoviposition period of 1 to 2 days, females laid an average of 3.38 ±...
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