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Mountain pine bark beetle damage can is evident on this tree in the Byers Peak Wilderness located in the Arapaho National Forest in Colorado. Beetles lay their eggs under the bark of trees. After the eggs hatch, the larvae end up killing the tree when they eat the inner layer of the tree’s bark. Milder temperatures and lower precipitation has aided in the beetle outbreak that has killed millions of trees in the western United States.
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