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How does western spruce budworm feeding affect western larch?Author(s): David G. Fellin; Wyman C. Schmidt
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep INT-GTR-7. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 25 p.
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Intermountain Forest Experiment Station
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DescriptionThis pictorial describes how western spruce budworm larvae feed on young western larch and the trees' responses to this damage. Larvae feed not only on the current year's foliage-their usual diet on most coniferous hosts-but also sever stems of current year's shoots. Multiple-topped, bushlike trees develop in direct response to the amount and type of damage. As a result, trees cannot maintain straight boles and good form. Sustained budworm damage could conceivably influence the management of western larch-one of the more important conifers in the northern Rockies.
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CitationFellin, David G.; Schmidt, Wyman C. 1973. How does western spruce budworm feeding affect western larch? Gen. Tech. Rep INT-GTR-7. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 25 p.
KeywordsLepidoptera (-forest damage), shoot damage, western spruce budworm, Choristoneura occidentalis Freeman, western larch, Larix occidentalis Nutt.
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