Distribution and biology of the Mediterranean Pine Shoot Beetle Tomicus destruens (Wollaston, 1865) in the Western Mediterranean region of Turkey

Sarikaya O., AVCI M.

TURKIYE ENTOMOLOJI DERGISI-TURKISH JOURNAL OF ENTOMOLOGY, vol.34, no.3, pp.289-298, 2010 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.289-298


The number of drying trees in Pinus brutia Tenore, 1811 forests in Western Mediterranean Region of Turkey has increased in recent years due to Tomicus destruens (Wollaston, 1865) (Coleoptera Curculionidae, Scolytinae) damage However, there have been a limited number of studies on the distribution, biology and damage of the beetle The purpose of this study was to determine its biology, distribution and damage and it was carried out in Pinus brutia and Pinus nigra forests of the Western Mediterranean Region between 2006 and 2008. Observations to determine the biology and flight period of the beetle were carried out by using trap logs and pheromone traps at different elevations. In addition, survey studies were conducted throughout the region to determine Tomicus destruens distribution P brutia and P nigra were determined as host plants of the beetle in Antalya, Isparta, Burdur, Afyonkarahisar and Mug la forests Clear differences were observed concerning the biology of T destruens at different elevations It had only one generation per year but the flight period varied between november at lower elevations and february at higher elevations Evidence of the increased importance of this pest can be seen in damage to the trunks and shoots of trees, especially in P brutia plantation areas.