Voracious beetle kills swathes of Greek forest

Greek authorities are felling large parts of a forest because of a seemingly unstoppable beetle munching its way through trees.

Experts say the shiny black beetle, the Tomicus Piniperda, is having a devastating effect on trees in the Seih Sou forest in the hills overlooking Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city.

“The problem is unfortunately very big at the moment because the insect is moving in almost uncontrollably,” said Professor Theocharis Zagas of the School of Forestry and Environment at Aristotle University.

“We have to take the appropriate measures, with precision logging, to stop its momentum,” he told Reuters.

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