Mountain Pine Beetle, Dendroctonus ponderosae 

Mountain Pine Beetle, Dendroctonus ponderosae 

Mountain Pine Beetle

The Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) is an insect native among the forests of western North America. Its inhabitation is widespread across a number of pine tree species such as lodgepole, ponderosa, Scotch and limber pines, and at times among bristlecone and piñon pines. In Colorado alone, the MPB impacted more than 3.4 million-acres of forested land from 1996-2013. While the MPB infestation peaked in 2008 and has since been declining, the Spruce Beetle is following close behind impacting hundreds of thousand of acres in both the North and South Western parts of Colorado. To learn more about the health of Colorado's forest click the button below.