Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Pine trees at risk

The picuda roja beetle has destroyed thousands of palm trees in the area, now it is the turn of the Tomicus destruens insect to do the same for the pine trees.

Those of you who have visited the Sierra de Orihuela will have noticed that the pine trees that clad the mountain are turning brown and may have thought it was the very dry summer that has parched them. Apparently that is not the case, it is an insect that is sucking the life out of the trees turning the leaves from green to brown.

Of course, the insect won’t stop at Orihuela, it will spread to other municipalities with the same deadly effect. At La Pedrera, we have thousands of pine trees that were planted there. If the insect is not stopped it will decimate them as well.

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