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European Spruce Bark Beetle

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European spruce bark beetle
European Spruce Bark Beetle, Adult - Daniel Adam Office National des Forêts, France
Scientific Name: 

Ips typographus L. (Cognato and Sun 2007)

Common Name: 

European spruce bark beetle (ESBB)

Native To: 

Europe and Asia (Wood and Bright 1992)

Date of U.S. Introduction: 

Not currently established in the U.S. (Økland et al. 2011)

Means of Introduction: 

Intercepted in packing crates and unprocessed wood items at ports (Haack 2001)


Destructive pest of spruce (Picea spp.) that has caused extensive tree losses in Europe (CABI)

Current U.S. Distribution: 
Not currently established


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


Google. YouTube; County Seat TV (Utah).

Selected Resources

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USDAAPHISPPQCPHST. Identification Technology Program.

See also: ITP Products for more screening aids

European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.

IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; Silv-Econ Ltd.
University of Georgia. Bugwood Network. Bark and Wood Boring Beetles of the World.
International Government
Natural Resources Canada. Canadian Forest Service.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency.


Michigan State University. Integrated Pest Management Program.

See also: Forecasting Invasion Risks for more factsheets