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Dendroctonus rufipennis (spruce beetle)

Wikipedia Abstract

The spruce beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis) is a species of bark beetle native to British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, the Yukon, and Maine. They are known to destroy forests of spruce trees including Englemann, White, Sitka, and Colorado blue spruce. Adults average 4 to 7 mm in length.
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Prey / Diet

Picea glauca (Canadian spruce)[1]
Picea mariana (Black spruce)[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Erethizon dorsatus (common porcupine)2
Ernobius bicolor1
Loxia leucoptera (White-winged Crossbill)1
Tamiasciurus hudsonicus (red squirrel)3


Certhia americana (Brown Creeper)[1]
Phygadeuon alaskensis (Ichneumon Wasp)[1]
Picoides arcticus (Black-backed Woodpecker)[1]
Picoides dorsalis (American Three-toed Woodpecker)[2]
Picoides pubescens (Downy Woodpecker)[2]
Picoides villosus (Hairy Woodpecker)[2]
Sorex cinereus (masked shrew)[3]
Tachycineta thalassina (Violet-green Swallow)[2]


Picea glauca (Canadian spruce)[1]
Picea mariana (Black spruce)[1]


North America;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Making The Forest And Tundra Wildlife Connection
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Exploring the Denali Food Web, ParkWise, National Park Service
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