Fire and insects are important agents of succession. Many insect species are attracted to fire-damaged trees and forests. Certain guilds, such as the bark beetles (now placed in Curculionidae: Scolytinae) and woodborers (Cerambycidae and Buprestidae) have diverse ecological roles. They can kill trees (not already killed by the fire), can accelerate decomposition, and are a major food source to a variety of insectivorous birds, animals, and other insects.
Ministry of Forests and Range. 2006. Firebugs. British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. Poster (FLNRORD). P79
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Health
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