Monochamus notatus


 Used with permission. Photo by Tom Murray. 2012   

Monochamus notatus most often lives in dead and dying coniferous trees. Therefore, they are most commonly found in northern coniferous forest environments. They reproduce quickly, and many are often seen throughout their environments. Their activity is mainly restricted to recently killed or very weakened trees (Allen 1994). They are very important to wood decomposition and nutrient cycling throughout their environment (Allen 1994). They are able to greatly increase the rate of decomposition of wood. However, this can create problems in area where salvage timber is present. These beetles can begin chewing through this timber which causes economic loss (Allen 1994).