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Southern Pine Beetle

The Southern Pine Beetle has been observed attacking eastern white pine and pitch pine. It has also been observed infesting Norway spruce in NY and NJ. Adults are dark red/brown to black in color and 1/16 – 1/8” in length. Eggs are white and larvae are crescent-shaped with a dark red/brown head and a white body. Southern pine beetle can be detected most easily by the presence of popcorn-sized pitch tubes on the outer bark of trunks and branches. Pitch tubes can range in color from white to red. By the time foliage fades from green to yellow to brown, the infestation may be advanced in age.  Because this is a wood boring insect, management can be difficult as all life stages are nearly always protected unless the applicator is using systemic or more residual insecticides.