Shortened, twisted needles due to trisetacus mite damage.
Distribution: Most likely
throughout the host range in B.C.
Tree Species Attacked: Young lodgepole and ponderosa pine are
Description & Damage Symptoms: This tiny mite feeds within the needle sheath on the current year's needles. The result is a twisting and shortening of the needles, which then turn yellow and drop prematurely. On repeatedly attacked trees, the twigs may become twisted. The pattern of attack is usually scattered, single trees throughout a
Damage: Damage is restricted to distortion and loss of the current year's needles. This can result in growth loss.
Similar Damage: Nutrient deficiencies or abiotic damage such as frost can sometimes appear similar, but abiotic damage is usually more extensive than with the trisetacus mite.
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Last updated March 04, 2002