Pests on your Christmas tree

Have you purchased a real tree to celebrate this holiday season, such as a fir, pine, or spruce? There could be thousands of bugs living in it! Here are some of them you may encounter:

Adelgids

Pineus strobi. Photo: Eric R. Day, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Bugwood #0717003

Aphids

Cinara spp. Photo: Whitney Cranshaw, Bugwood #1476087

Mites

Spruce spider mite, Oligonychus ununguis.
Photo: Ward Strong. Bugwood #5445597

Scale

Chionaspis pinifoliae. Photo: Robert J. Bauernfeind, Bugwood #5511475

Sawfly larvae

Neodiprion nanulus contortae.
Photo: Ladd Livingston, Bugwood #1241626

Bark Beetles

Western pine beetle, Dendroctonus brevicomis. Photo: Darren Blackford, USDA-FS. Bugwood #2185054

Weevils

White pine weevil, Pissodes strobi. Photo: Steven Katovich, USDA-FS. Bugwood #1398227

Spittlebug

Pine spittlebug, Aphrophora cribrata. Photo: Bruce Watt, University of Maine. Bugwood #5530287

Budworm

Spruce budworm, Choristoneura fumiferana. Photo: Joseph OBrien, USDA-FS. Bugwood #5036025