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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Beetle Damage

This tree in the Stanislaus National Forest survived the Rim Fire of 2013 (the 3rd largest wildfire ever to hit California) but succumbed to shot-hole-borer beetles, an invasive tree-killing insect that was (unintentionally, we assume) imported from Asia.

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Date Taken: 03.2019
Date Uploaded: 05.2019
Photo Location: Groveland, California, United States of America
Copyright: © Sam Gulino