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Common Pine Shoot Beetle

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Common Pine Shoot Beetle
Scientific Name:
Tomicus piniperda L. (CABI)
Common Name:
Common Pine Shoot Beetle (PSB)
Common Pine Shoot Beetle, adult (dorsal view from the Collection of Slovenian Museum of Natural History - Photo by Maja Jurc; University of Ljubjana
Native To:
Eurasia and northern Africa (Haack and Poland 2001)
Date of U.S. Introduction:
First discovered in Ohio in 1992 (Haack and Poland 2001)
Means of Introduction:
Accidentally introduced on imported wood packing material (Haack and Poland 2001)
Capable of damaging and killing pine trees by feeding on young shoots (Haack and Poland 2001)

Distribution/Maps/Survey Status



Selected Resources

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Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Project.
Nature Conservancy. Don't Move Firewood.
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Bugwood Network. Bark and Wood Boring Beetles of the World.

Federal Government

USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

International Government

Natural Resources Canada. Canadian Forest Service.

State and Local Government

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
North Dakota Department of Agriculture.
See also: Insect Pests for more pests.


University of Minnesota.
IPM of Midwest Landscapes is available for educating growers, landscapers, managers, and consumers in the principles of IPM and its application to managing the over 150 common insect species in Midwest landscapes.
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source Publication #EENY321
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Virginia Cooperative Extension.