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Deployment of western spruce budworm pupae and larvae to assess natural enemy communities across the Washington Cascade Mountain Range.

The creepy crawlies that UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences graduate student Alex Pane investigates are even scarier than they appear. Pane, who was featured in a story by The Daily about his work, recently conducted a study on two major pests found in the Pacific Northwest that kill trees: the Douglas-fir beetle and the western spruce budworm.

“Western spruce budworms generally come out early in spring as larva,” Pane told The Daily. “They consume new foliage. In the spring, the bud bursts and emerge new leaves. That tissue is very nutritious and not defended well by the tree. The budworm takes advantage of it.”

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