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Genus Scolytus

Scolytus  - Scolytus multistriatus Bark beetle - Scolytus multistriatus - male Dutch Elm Weevil - Scolytus multistriatus Scolytus piceae Scolytinae - Scolytus rugulosus bark beetle - Scolytus   - Scolytus Beetle - Scolytus multistriatus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Curculionoidea (Snout and Bark Beetles)
Family Curculionidae (Snout and Bark Beetles)
Subfamily Scolytinae (Bark and Ambrosia Beetles)
Tribe Scolytini (Typical Bark Beetles)
Subtribe Scolytina
Genus Scolytus
Explanation of Names
Scolytus Geoffroy 1762
20 spp. (of which 4 adventive) in our area, 120 total(1)
1.5–5.2 mm(1)
key to eastern species in (2)
images of Scolytus scolytus (invasive sp. not yet in the guide)
Most of the Northern Hemisphere (incl. the entire NA) and S. America(1)(3)
Phloeophagous (feed on phloem)(3)
Life Cycle
Native wild species are found in conifers, while introduced species are in hardwoods(3)
Internet References
S. ventralis (Fir Engraver Beetle) Fact sheet (Christopherson 2013)(4)