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Black Spruce Beetle

Tetropium castaneum (Linnaeus)
Black Spruce Beetle
C.M.F. Pierce



The black spruce beetle has been reported in pine, spruce, fir, larch, oak and walnut.


Commodities Affected:
Forestry and Natural Areas, Nursery, Ornamentals, and Turf



The black spruce beetle is a broadly distributed and fairly common species that infests wood used for solid wood packing material (SWPM). It is considered a secondary pest (i.e., attacks weakened or recently killed trees, including a number of conifers) in Europe and Asia, but the black spruce beetle was also not considered to be a threat to apparently healthy trees. The potential of this species to attack and damage living trees in the U.S. is largely unknown.



The black spruce beetle is not known to occur in Indiana