Orthotomicus erosus (Mediterranean pine beetle)
- Taxonomic Tree
- Notes on Taxonomy and Nomenclature
- Distribution Table
- Risk of Introduction
- Habitat List
- Hosts/Species Affected
- Host Plants and Other Plants Affected
- Growth Stages
- List of Symptoms/Signs
- Biology and Ecology
- Natural enemies
- Notes on Natural Enemies
- Plant Trade
- Wood Packaging
- Environmental Impact
- Detection and Inspection
- Similarities to Other Species/Conditions
- Prevention and Control
- Distribution Maps
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IdentityTop of page
Preferred Scientific Name
- Orthotomicus erosus (Wollaston, 1857)
Preferred Common Name
- Mediterranean pine beetle
Other Scientific Names
- Ips erosus (Wollaston, 1857)
- Ips erosus var. robustus Knotek
- Tomicus erosus Wollaston, 1857
- Tomicus rectangulus Ferrari, 1867
Local Common Names
- Germany: Borkenkaefer, Suedeuropaeischer Kiefern-; Sudeuropäischer Kiefernborkenkäfer,
- Italy: Bostrico corroso
- IPSXER (Orthotomicus erosus)
Taxonomic TreeTop of page
- Domain: Eukaryota
- Kingdom: Metazoa
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Subphylum: Uniramia
- Class: Insecta
- Order: Coleoptera
- Family: Scolytidae
- Genus: Orthotomicus
- Species: Orthotomicus erosus
Notes on Taxonomy and NomenclatureTop of page
This insect was originally placed in the genus Tomicus by Wollaston in 1857 and later placed into the genus Orthotomicus (Grüne, 1979). Wood and Bright (1992) placed it in the genus Ips. Ten years later, Bright and Skidmore (2002) reassigned it to Orthotomicus.
DescriptionTop of page Eggs
Scolytidae eggs are smooth, ovoid, white and translucent. The eggs of O. erosus are approximately 1 mm long and laid separately in niches along the egg gallery.
All scolytidae larvae are similar in appearance and difficult to separate. They are white, 'C'-shaped and legless. The head capsule is lightly sclerotized and amber with dark, well-developed mouthparts. Each of the abdominal segments has two to three tergal folds and the pleuron is not longitudinally divided. The larvae do not change as they grow.
Scolytidae pupae are white and mummy-like. They are exarate, with the legs and wings free from the body. Some species have paired abdominal urogomphi. The elytra are either rugose or smooth and they sometimes have a prominent head and thoracic tubercles.
The adults are, on average, 3 to 3.8 mm long and reddish-brown. They are typical bark beetles of the subfamily Ipinae, in the family Scolytidae. The head is covered by a thoracic shield and is not visible when viewed dorsally and the declivity is concave Each side is armed with four spines and the second from the top is more conspicuous (Grüne, 1979).
DistributionTop of page
O. erosus is widely distributed across the Mediterranean and southern Europe, Asia and North Africa. It has been introduced into Fiji, South Africa, Swaziland (Wood and Bright, 1992) and the USA (Haack, 2004).
A record of O. erosus in Norway (ISSG, 2009) published in previous versions of the Compendium is invalid. A Norwegian population of Orthotomicus which was thought to be O. erosus (Kirkendall, 1989) is now known to be Orthotomicus proximus (Seybold et al., 2016). There are no current records of native or introduced populations of O. erosus in Norway (Seybold et al., 2016)
A record of O. erosus in Chile (Ciesla, 1988; Ciesla and Parra Sanhueza, 1988; Wood and Bright, 1992) published in previous versions of the Compendium is invalid. The invasive pine bark beetle commonly referred to in Chilean research as O. erosus is a misidentification of Orthotomicus laricis (Kirkendall, 2018).
Distribution TableTop of page
The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.
|Continent/Country/Region||Distribution||Last Reported||Origin||First Reported||Invasive||Reference||Notes|
|China||Present||Native||Wood and Bright, 1992; Bright and Skidmore, 2002|
|-Fujian||Present||Native||Wood and Bright, 1992; Bright and Skidmore, 2002|
|-Henan||Present||Native||Wood and Bright, 1992; Bright and Skidmore, 2002|
|-Hunan||Present||Native||Wood and Bright, 1992; Bright and Skidmore, 2002|
|-Jiangsu||Present||Native||Wood and Bright, 1992; Bright and Skidmore, 2002|
|-Jiangxi||Present||Native||Wood and Bright, 1992; Bright and Skidmore, 2002|
|-Shaanxi||Present||Native||Wood and Bright, 1992; Bright and Skidmore, 2002|
|-Sichuan||Present||Native||Wood and Bright, 1992; Bright and Skidmore, 2002|
|-Xinjiang||Present||Native||Wood and Bright, 1992; Bright and Skidmore, 2002|
|Iran||Present||Native||Invasive||Wood and Bright, 1992; Bright and Skidmore, 2002|
|Israel||Widespread||Native||Invasive||Mendel and Halperin, 1982; Wood and Bright, 1992|
|Jordan||Present||Native||Invasive||Wood and Bright, 1992|
|Syria||Present||Native||Invasive||Wood and Bright, 1992|
|Turkey||Widespread||Native||Invasive||Wood and Bright, 1992; Mercikoglu, 2001; Bright and Skidmore, 2002|
|Algeria||Present||Native||Invasive||Wood and Bright, 1992|
|Egypt||Present||Native||Invasive||Wood and Bright, 1992|
|Libya||Present||Native||Invasive||Wood and Bright, 1992|
|Morocco||Present||Native||Invasive||Wood and Bright, 1992|
|South Africa||Present||Introduced||1968||Invasive||Tribe, 1990; Wood and Bright, 1992|
|Tunisia||Present||Native||Invasive||Wood and Bright, 1992|
|USA||Present||Present based on regional distribution.|
|-Florida||Absent, intercepted only||Introduced||Invasive||Haack, 2001|
|-Maryland||Absent, intercepted only||Introduced||Invasive||Haack, 2001|
|-New Jersey||Absent, intercepted only||Introduced||Invasive||Haack, 2001|
|-South Carolina||Absent, intercepted only||Introduced||Invasive||Haack, 2001|
|-Texas||Absent, intercepted only||Introduced||Invasive||Haack, 2001|
|Chile||Absent, invalid record||Ciesla, 1988; Ciesla and Parra Sanhueza, 1988; Wood and Bright, 1992; Kirkendall et al., 2018|
|Uruguay||Present||Gómez and Martínez, 2013|
|Bulgaria||Present||Native||Invasive||Wood and Bright, 1992|
|Finland||Absent, intercepted only||Siitonen, 2000|
|France||Present||Native||Invasive||Wood and Bright, 1992|
|Greece||Present||Native||Invasive||Wood and Bright, 1992|
|Italy||Present||Native||Invasive||Wood and Bright, 1992; Bright and Skidmore, 2002|
|Norway||Absent, invalid record||ISSG, 2009; Seybold et al., 2016|
|Portugal||Present||Native||Invasive||Wood and Bright, 1992|
|-Madeira||Present||Native||Invasive||Wood and Bright, 1992|
|Romania||Present||Native||Invasive||Wood and Bright, 1992|
|Russian Federation||Present||Native||Invasive||Wood and Bright, 1992|
|Spain||Present||Native||Invasive||Wood and Bright, 1992|
|Switzerland||Present||Native||Invasive||Wood and Bright, 1992|
|UK||Present||Introduced||Wood and Bright, 1992|
|Fiji||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Wood and Bright, 1992|
Risk of IntroductionTop of page The adults are strong fliers, capable of covering several kilometres in search of suitable host material. O. erosus is commonly associated with recently killed pines (Mendel and Halperin, 1982). When this is coupled with a wide host range and multiple generations throughout much of its natural range, there is a high likelihood that it will be transported in unprocessed logs, crating, pallets or dunnage, containing bark. Its introduction and establishment in Chile, England, Fiji, South Africa and Swaziland demonstrates its ability to be easily moved via international trade. Moreover, numerous interceptions of O. erosus in USA ports, since the ban of bark from packing material, indicates that this is a fairly common occurrence. Between 1985 and 2000, O. erosus was the second most commonly intercepted bark beetle at USA ports of entry where it was intercepted 385 times in wood-packing material from 19 countries (Haack, 2001).
O. erosus has a broad host range. Moreover, its successful introduction and establishment into five countries demonstrates its ability to adapt to new pine hosts. Chararas (1973) reported that in Turkey, O. erosus was successfully reared on a variety of hosts, including several North American pines. In this study, O. erosus was not significantly affected by differences in host terpenes, provided that they did not differ drastically from their indigenous hosts, or did not contain repellents such as heptane, which is found in the North American Pinus jeffreyi.
Although obviously adaptable, the ability of O. erosus to adapt to varying climatic conditions and hosts or compete with other insects, may be questionable. In Chile, for example, O. erosus was introduced around 1986, but was either not successful in competing with another introduced bark beetle, Hylurgus ligniperda, or unable to adapt to the host, Pinus radiata, or the local climatic conditions were unsuitable for its development. It is now difficult to find O. erosus in Chile. In contrast, Karnavar (1984) reported that O. erosus first appeared in Swaziland in the early 1980s and soon became a major pest.
HabitatTop of page O. erosus infests pines in both plantations and natural forests. This insect is also capable of attacking logging residues or trees that have been damaged by storms. Pine plantations, which have been established under unfavourable site conditions, are especially open to attack. Periods of drought favour the development of outbreaks.
Habitat ListTop of page
Hosts/Species AffectedTop of page O. erosus breeds in Pinus spp. (pines) throughout its natural range. Indigenous European pine hosts include Pinus canariensis (Canary Island pine), Pinus brutia (Calabrian pine), Pinus nigra (black pine), Pinus pinaster (maritime pine), Pinus pinea (Italian stone pine), Pinus sylvestris (Scotch pine) and a form of mugo pine, Pinus mugo subsp. uncinata [Pinus uncinata].
Near Eastern hosts include two varieties of Calabrian pine; Pinus brutia var. eldarica and Pinus brutia var. pityusa [P. brutia]. Known Asian pine hosts are Pinus massoniana (Masson pine), Pinus armandii (Armand pine), Pinus kesiya (Khasi pine), Pinus yunnanensis (Yunnan pine) and Pinus taiwanensis (Chinese pine).
Several North American pines that have been planted in areas where this insect is native or has become established, include Pinus coulteri (Coulter pine), Pinus caribaea (Caribbean pine), Pinus echinata (shortleaf pine), Pinus radiata (Monterey pine), Pinus patula (Mexican weeping pine) and Pinus strobus (Eastern white pine).
Occasionally, maturing beetles feed in Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas-fir), Picea spp. (spruce), Abies spp. (fir) and Cedrus spp. (cedar). However, this insect does not breed in trees other than pines (Eglitis, 2000).
Host Plants and Other Plants AffectedTop of page
|Abies nordmanniana (Nordmann fir)||Pinaceae||Other|
|Cedrus atlantica (Atlas cedar)||Pinaceae||Other|
|Cedrus deodara (Himalayan cedar)||Pinaceae||Other|
|Cedrus libani (cedar of Lebanon)||Pinaceae||Other|
|Picea orientalis (oriental spruce)||Pinaceae||Other|
|Pinus armandii (armand's pine)||Pinaceae||Main|
|Pinus brutia (brutian pine)||Pinaceae||Main|
|Pinus brutia var. eldarica||Pinaceae||Main|
|Pinus canariensis (Canary pine)||Pinaceae||Main|
|Pinus halepensis (Aleppo pine)||Pinaceae||Main|
|Pinus kesiya (khasya pine)||Pinaceae||Main|
|Pinus massoniana (masson pine)||Pinaceae||Main|
|Pinus nigra (black pine)||Pinaceae||Main|
|Pinus pinaster (maritime pine)||Pinaceae||Main|
|Pinus pinea (stone pine)||Pinaceae||Main|
|Pinus sylvestris (Scots pine)||Pinaceae||Main|
|Pinus taiwanensis (Taiwan pine)||Pinaceae||Main|
|Pinus uncinata (mountain pine)||Pinaceae||Main|
|Pinus yunnanensis (Yunnan pine)||Pinaceae||Main|
|Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas-fir)||Pinaceae||Other|
Growth StagesTop of page Vegetative growing stage
SymptomsTop of page Standing trees are killed by a single generation of O. erosus. Therefore, the most conspicuous symptom is that the foliage of infested trees fades from green to yellow to reddish-brown.
Breeding attacks are characterized by the presence of reddish-brown boring dust on the bark surface of trees, freshly cut logs or wind-thrown trees. If relatively vigorous trees are attacked, pitch tubes may be found in the bark crevasses. The gallery pattern in the cambial region of infested trees consists of a nuptial chamber and one to five longitudinal egg galleries, but this could vary depending on the host and location. A blue stain in the woody tissue accompanies the breeding attacks.
Round exit holes are visible on the bark surface of trees where this insect has completed its life cycle and the adults have emerged.
List of Symptoms/SignsTop of page
|Leaves / yellowed or dead|
|Stems / gummosis or resinosis|
|Stems / visible frass|
|Whole plant / frass visible|
|Whole plant / plant dead; dieback|
Biology and EcologyTop of page Life History and Habits
Orthotomicus is a small genus of bark beetles found in Asia, Europe and North America, and is closely related to the Ips genus. Twelve species are known worldwide. Eleven species have Palearctic distributions and one species, Orthotomicus caelatus, is found in North America (Wood, 1982).
The adults of O. erosus are polygamous. The males bore through the bark to the cambium layer where they construct a nuptial chamber. They are joined by one to three females, each of which mates with the male and then constructs an individual egg gallery from the nuptial chamber, parallel to the grain of the wood. Typically, a female oviposits between 26 and 75 eggs in niches along the sides of the galleries (Mendel and Halperin, 1982). The females will make ventilation holes in their egg galleries and they sometimes abandon the gallery and finish their egg laying in another tree. The larvae mine at right angles to the parent gallery and have three instars.
The adults must feed before reaching sexual maturation. This occurs beneath the bark of the tree in which the brood developed, providing that the bark is still moist. If the inner bark is too dry, maturation feeding can take place in a different host tree, sometimes of a different species. Occasionally, maturation feeding will take place during normal egg gallery construction and oviposition (Mendel and Halperin, 1982).
O. erosus completes two to seven generations per year, depending on the temperature. Two generations per year are common in Turkey, France and Morocco. In Tunisia, Chararas and M'Sadda (1973) found that O. erosus completed three and sometimes four generations in a year, with the development time being a function of the nutritive quality of the wood, as well as the temperature. In Israel, where the beetle can complete three to five generations in a year, the time required for the development of a brood varies from 25 days in the summer to 76 days in the winter (Mendel, 1983). Based on these development times, Mendel (1983) concluded that coastal Israel could have as many as seven generations per year. Tribe (1990) estimated that four generations per year occur in South Africa, based on an average development time of 35 days for one generation.
The winter is spent in the adult stage. From mid-October to December, the adults aggregate beneath the bark of the host in which they developed, or in a new one. They enter the new host through a single hole and then concentrate as many as several hundred individuals into the phloem/cambium region (Mendel, 1983). Beetle flight can occur through a broad temperature range of 14 to 38°C (Chararas and M'Sadda, 1973). In Israel, the threshold for flight is even lower during winter (12°C) (Mendel, 1983).
Breeding generally takes place in the rough-barked sections of the bole and in branches larger than 5 cm in diameter. Smooth-barked areas are primarily used for maturation feeding. The lower trunk of relatively old pines is not suitable for attack because the bark is too thick. In Israel, trees that are younger than 5-years-old are not usually attacked (Mendel and Halperin, 1982).
O. erosus commonly occurs in association with other bark beetles. Common associates on pines in Israel included Pityogenes calcaratus, Tomicus destruens [Hylurgus destruens] and Carphoborus minimus (Mendel and Halperin, 1982). In South Africa, Tribe (1990) found Hylastes angustatus, Hylurgus ligniperda and Pissodes nemorensis associated with O. erosus. Ciesla (2004) reported the occurrence of Tomicus minor in the upper boles of trees infested by O. erosus in Cyprus.
A number of wood-staining fungi are associated with O. erosus in a symbiotic relationship. These also play a role in the death of the host tree and cause the loss of lumber quality. A number of these fungi have been identified and include Ophiostoma ips and Verticicladiella alacris (Wingfield and Marasas, 1980).
Natural enemiesTop of page
|Natural enemy||Type||Life stages||Specificity||References||Biological control in||Biological control on|
Notes on Natural EnemiesTop of page The parasitoids of O. erosus include Hymenoptera from the families Braconidae, Eurytomidae and Pteromalidae. A number of beetles and the Syrian woodpecker, Picoides syriacus, are reported as predators. The overall effectiveness of these agents is unknown. However, as is the case with other bark beetles, the natural enemies undoubtedly keep populations of O. erosus in check until there is an abundance of suitable host material for colonization, in the form of trees that have been drought stressed, wind-thrown, broken in the snow, etc.
Tribe (2003) noted that Dendrosoter caenopachoides is dispersing slowly, which he attributes to the fact that it can only parasitize hosts in thin-barked trees but in these it can achieve very high rates of parasitism.
Plant TradeTop of page
|Plant parts liable to carry the pest in trade/transport||Pest stages||Borne internally||Borne externally||Visibility of pest or symptoms|
|Bark||adults||Yes||Yes||Pest or symptoms usually visible to the naked eye|
|Stems (above ground)/Shoots/Trunks/Branches||adults; eggs; larvae; nymphs; pupae||Yes||Pest or symptoms usually visible to the naked eye|
Wood PackagingTop of page
|Wood Packaging liable to carry the pest in trade/transport||Timber type||Used as packing|
|Solid wood packing material with bark||Pine: crating, dunnage, pallets||Yes|
|Wood Packaging not known to carry the pest in trade/transport|
|Loose wood packing material|
|Processed or treated wood|
|Solid wood packing material without bark|
ImpactTop of page O. erosus is normally a secondary bark beetle and infests recently fallen trees, broken branches, logging debris, slash and standing trees that have been wounded or are under some form of stress (Chararas and M'Sadda, 1973; Mendel and Halperin, 1982). In Morocco, Questienne (1979) noted that bark beetles affected pine plantations more heavily than natural stands due to the sub-optimum climatic and edaphic conditions in the plantations. Baylis et al. (1986) reported attacks of O. erosus on fire-damaged Pinus radiata, Pinus elliottii and Pinus pinaster, in South Africa. Moisture deficiency is one of the key factors leading to attack by O. erosus. Bevan (1984) noted that O. erosus was normally secondary in plantations of Pinus patula and P. elliottii in Swaziland but would attack living trees under extreme drought stress. Serrao-Nogueira (1976) noted that the trees weakened by a lack of water in urban settings were subsequently infested by O. erosus. In Italy, Capretti et al. (1987) described O. erosus damage in 12- to 20-year-old Pinus halepensis plantations following a hot, dry summer and cold winter.
Occasionally other insects or diseases are the stressing agents that lead to attacks by O. erosus. In France, Carle (1971) noted that O. erosus was one of the beetles involved in the decline of P. pinaster following the weakening of the host by the scale insect, Matsucoccus feytaudi. Zwolinski et al. (1995), working in South Africa, described the occurrence of O. erosus on P. radiata infected with the canker-causing fungus, Diplodia pinea [Sphaeropsis sapinea]. O. erosus was one of two beetles attacking these trees and was confined to the zone of discoloration produced by the fungus.
Throughout its geographic range, there have been reports of population build-ups of O. erosus in weakened or stressed host material, followed by attacks on healthy trees. In Israel, Halperin et al. (1982) related the increase of bark beetle outbreaks in P. halepensis to the maturation of plantations and increased thinning. Also in Israel, Mendel and Halperin (1982) reported that the agents predisposing stands to attack were thinning operations, followed by dry winters or fires in neighbouring pine stands. Ferreira and Ferreira (1986) indicated that O. erosus periodically reaches epidemic levels and has caused the death of many P. pinaster trees in Portugal.
Environmental ImpactTop of page In its native habitat, O. erosus is usually a secondary insect and thus is part of a complex of insects, fungi and other organisms that aid in the decomposition of dead trees. However, it is capable of attacking and killing stressed trees, and these attacks occasionally develop into outbreaks. Outbreaks can reduce the pine component of forests and the subsequent increased fuel loading, due to the high levels of tree mortality, can result in wildfires of increased intensity.
Detection and InspectionTop of page The bark surface should be inspected for pitch tubes and/or boring dust. The presence of galleries and insect life stages should be looked for in the cambium and inner bark on unprocessed logs or dunnage, crating or pallets, containing bark strips.
Similarities to Other Species/ConditionsTop of page The genus Orthotomicus is intermediate between the closely related genera Ips and Pityokteines. The adults of O. erosus are similar in appearance to bark beetles of the genus Ips. The gallery pattern of O. erosus is also similar in structure to those produced by Ips engraver beetles. Beetles of the genus Orthotomicus can be separated from Ips by the structure of the antennal club, the more striking sexual dimorphism of the elytral declivity and by the third (lowest) pair of declivital spines being distinctly mesad of the lateral margin (Wood and Bright, 1992). To ensure a positive identification, a taxonomist, with expertise in the family Scolytidae, should examine bark beetles believed to be a new introduction.
Prevention and ControlTop of page
The most effective means of reducing the losses caused by O. erosus are cultural methods designed to maintain healthy, vigorous pine forests that are capable of resisting attack. Available tactics include: avoiding planting pines on unsuitable sites; periodic thinning to reduce stocking levels and competition for available moisture; and the rapid removal of wind-thrown trees or broken tops caused by ice and snow, which can serve as breeding sites.
Within its natural range, the population levels of O. erosus are undoubtedly held in check by a complex of indigenous natural enemies unless forest conditions favour a population increase. However, in South Africa, where O. erosus has been introduced, a classical biological control programme, involving the rearing and release of the parasitoid, Dendrosoter caenopachoides, was conducted. The programme resulted in the establishment of this parasitoid (Tribe and Kfir, 2001).
In trials in Israel, pine trap-logs containing the larvae and pupae of O. erosus were sprayed with carbaryl, chloropyrifos, or cypermethrin at concentrations of 0.1, 0.5 or 1.25% a.i.. At 1.25%, the effectiveness of the treatment (based on the rate of prevention of beetle emergence) was 100% with chloropyrifos (chlorpyrifos) and cypermethrin, and 94% with carbaryl. At 0.5%, chloropyrifos was 98% effective, but in general the lower concentrations did not provide an effective control (Mendel et al., 1983).
The chemical control of O. erosus has been attempted in Turkey but, as is the case with the chemical control of bark beetles in general, this has proven to be costly and of marginal effectiveness. Therefore the chemical control of this insect is not recommended (Mercikoglu, 2001).
The response of O. erosus to pheromones was studied in south-western France. O. erosus adults were caught mostly in traps baited with a combination of the insect-produced compounds 2-methyl-3-buten-2-ol and ipsdienol. When used together with 2-methyl-3-buten-2-ol, an increase in the concentration of up to 1000-fold of racemic ipsdienol resulted in a continual increase in the numbers of O. erosus and Ips sexdentatus caught. This was accompanied by a steady increase in the percentage of females collected. It is assumed that 2-methyl-3-buten-2-ol influences the landing behaviour of O. erosus, whereas ipsdienol acts as a long-distance signal (Klimetzek and Vité, 1986). The use of pheromones for the mass-trapping of adult beetles has reportedly been met with some degree of success in Turkey and was found to be less costly than mechanical or chemical control methods (Mercikoglu, 2001).
Aerial and ground surveys can be conducted over pine forests to detect tree mortality caused by O. erosus and other bark beetles. The population levels of adults can be monitored with funnel traps baited with commercial Ips lures. The occurrence of O. erosus outside its geographic range could also be monitored with pheromone traps.
Integrated Pest Management
The management of O. erosus can be accomplished by a combination of monitoring designed to detect low levels of bark beetle-caused tree mortality, the rapid removal and processing of infested trees, and the management of pine forests to keep them in a vigorous condition.
ReferencesTop of page
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