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What do PINE BARK BEETLES eat that cause them to MAKE SOUNDS THAT CONTROL THEIR OWN BEHAVIOUR.

Updated on February 25, 2011

 

I saw a story online from USAToday about experiments using sounds made by pine bark beetles to control their behavior.

This sounds like something the military would probably use to try to control people.In fact I wouldn't be a bit surprised to hear that they already have this kind of technology in their arsenal.

It seems these sounds cause the pine bark beatles to be aggressive toward one another.Some sounds when applified greatly cause male beetles having intercourse with a female to stop what he's doing and kill the female.Talk about spousal abuse.This sounds downright homidial for these beetles.

Of course that's the idea behind this research.To control the pine bark beetle which has been destroying millions of acres of pine trees ,in Arizona,texas,wyoming,and Montana.

I understand that a judge has declared the Grizzlie bears in these areas in danger of dying out as a species because of the pine bark beetles stripping the pine trees of bark ,and killing the trees.thus removing the Grizzily bears food supply ,namely pine nuts that pine trees produce as a pre-winter food for the bears to live through the winter months.

If,this technique can be utilized somehow in a manner that is inexpensive and widely available

it just might be what is needed to control the pine tree beetle.Another way might be to introduce a natural enemy of the pine tree beetle.Maybe a species of bird that eats beetles by boring holes into the pine tree to get to the beetles.

All states with pine trees, seem to have the very same problem.Alaska is warming up,which seems to be increasing the pine tree beetles range.Canada has the same problem the united states has.

So,what will these bears turn to in order to get the food they need it for their hibernation or just as a regular part of their diet ?

Maybe they won't need to hybernate,if the winter weather is not cold enough to prevent the bears from feeding on vegitation.

Another question I have is the fact that bears eat grubs under fallen logs.Why can't they eat the pine tree beetles that live on the bark of the pine trees?

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      someonewhoknows 3 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      Just goes to show that predators are not all bad. Noisey maybe !

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      We have them and we have had to take a few pine trees down. There were so many of those beetles that the natural Pileated Wood Pecker could not even keep up with them. Now that there are less trees the Pileated Woodpeckers are happier and I hear them all the time ratttatting on the trees.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow! great read! very interesting topic that i never read before. the title is also awesome, very catchy.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Tenerife

      Just found your interesting hub and shared at at Facebook. I am doing research on bark beetles which I fear are killing pine forest here on Tenerife. Voting up for your hub!

      I will ad a link to your hub from my latest one about the environmental problems on this island.

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      Minnesota 6 years ago

      I have the beetles in pine trees here in my yard. I live in Minnesota-metro area. They are all over the United States killing all the trees! I was wondering what the sound was coming from the trees...now I can record it, play back and make them destroy themselves! Worth a try, just had 70 pine tress cut down :(

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      Wealthmadehealthy 8 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

      This is a challenge in a lot more places than you have listed. It seems to be a pestilence...as far as the bears, I hope they don't go for humans if they can't find the food they normally eat...that is a scary thought!!!

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      someonewhoknows 8 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      Maybe we should think about planting trees from a different varity than pines that can grow in the same areas.Since the climate seems to be changing anyway.At least the soil will still be held in place and provide a habitat for all the animals that live in forests.

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