These are the pine trees that clad the Sierra de Orihuela. They should be a lush green colour and exude a wonderful scent of pine but as you can see they are instead brown and lifeless. No amount of rain will revive them because it wasn’t drought that turned them this colour, it was an insect.
The danger now is that the problem could spread to other areas covered in pine trees; the Sierra de Callosa, the Sierra de Benejúzar and Algorfa, La Pedrera Bigastro and the Cabeza de Hurchillo.
This is an environmental disaster on the same scale as the picudo rojo that has seen off so many palm trees.