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.
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