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Common Pine Shoot Beetle

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Common Pine Shoot Beetle
Common Pine Shoot Beetle, adult (dorsal view from the Collection of Slovenian Museum of Natural History - Photo by Maja Jurc; University of Ljubjana
Scientific Name: 
Tomicus piniperda L. (CABI)
Common Name: 
Common Pine Shoot Beetle (PSB)
Native To: 
Eurasia and northern Africa (Haack and Poland 2001)
Date of U.S. Introduction: 
First discovered in Ohio in 1992 (Haack and Poland 2001)
Means of Introduction: 
Accidentally introduced on imported wood packing material (Haack and Poland 2001)
Capable of damaging and killing pine trees by feeding on young shoots (Haack and Poland 2001)


USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is publishing a final rule that removes the federal domestic quarantine regulation for the pine shoot beetle (PSB, Tomicus piniperda). Eliminating this regulation is in keeping with USDA’s goal of reducing regulations that have outlived their usefulness. Removing the quarantine ends APHIS’ domestic regulatory activities, which include actions such as issuing permits, certificates, and compliance agreements, making site visits, and conducting investigations of suspected violations. APHIS, in consultation with the National Plant Board, considers pine shoot beetle to be a minor pest that can be controlled locally, given its slow spread and the minimal damage it causes.

The final rule will be effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register on October 1, 2020 or on Nov. 2, 2020. Documents may be viewed online at upon publication.


Maryland Department of Agriculture.


University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Australian Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre. Pests and Diseases Image Library.

Selected Resources

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USDAAPHISPPQCPHST. Identification Technology Program.

See also: ITP Products for more screening aids

Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Project.
Nature Conservancy. Don't Move Firewood.
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Texas State University System. Texas Invasive Species Institute.
Federal Government
International Government
Natural Resources Canada. Canadian Forest Service.
State and Local Government
Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Missouri Department of Agriculture.

North Dakota Department of Agriculture.
See also: Insect Pests for more pests.
University of Minnesota.
IPM of Midwest Landscapes is available for educating growers, landscapers, managers, and consumers in the principles of IPM and its application to managing the over 150 common insect species in Midwest landscapes.
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source Publication #EENY321
Pennsylvania State University. Cooperative Extension.
University of Tennessee. Institute of Agriculture.
Invasive Species Centre (Ontario).