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Genus Dendroctonus

Red Turpentine Beetle - Dendroctonus valens Dendroctonus terebrans, Black Turpentine Beetle - Dendroctonus terebrans unknown small beetle - Dendroctonus Beetle - Dendroctonus Dendroctonus rufipennis Dendroctonus simplex bark beetle - Dendroctonus Mountain Pine beetle - Dendroctonus ponderosae
Classification
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 Hylesinini (Crenulate Bark Beetles)
Subtribe Tomicina
Genus Dendroctonus
Explanation of Names
Dendroctonus Erichson 1836
Greek dendron (δενδρον) 'tree' + ktonos (κτονος) 'killer'
Numbers
14 spp. in our area, 20 total(1)
Size
2.5-9.0 mm(1)
Range
most of NA(2) to nw. Nicaragua + Eurasia(1)
Food
Breed on boles of conifers; sometimes kill healthy trees(2)
Remarks
Includes a number of economically important pests
Print References
Internet References
Fact sheets on spp. not yet in the guide:
D. ponderosae (Mountain Pine Beetle): Leatherman et al. (2012)(4), Christopherson (2013)(5)
D. jeffreyi (Jeffrey Pine Beetle): Christopherson (2013)(5)
D. brevicomis (Western Pine Beetle): Christopherson (2013)(5) | DeMars & Roettgering (1982)(6)