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The Country's Most Dangerous Beetles

Invasive beetles of various colors and sizes have infiltrated U.S. forests, despite efforts by government experts

Goldenhaired (or red-haired) pine bark beetle (Hylurgus ligniperda)

Goldenhaired pine bark beetle
(Maura McCarthy)

Native to: The Mediterranean and Africa
Attacks: Several species of pine trees
Already spread to: South America, Australia, New Zealand and parts of Asia
First appeared in the United States: In 2000 at a Christmas tree plantation in Rochester, New York
Associates with: Two species of Leptographium fungi, including black stain root disease

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