Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Haley Reading Group: “Attack of the Killer Beetles”
[The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2016)]
Cynthia A. Campbell
Maddie Oatman’s article “Attack of the Killer Beetles” highlights bark beetles’ destruction of trees. Oatman illustrates the combined factors that have led to the proliferation of bark beetles and their ability to thrive for longer periods of times. Ultimately, the article speaks to the important issue of climate change.
Oatman’s discussion of how climate change contributes to the destruction of trees was especially enlightening. At one point, Oatman notes that “Prolonged droughts and shorter winters have spurred bark beetles to kill billions of trees” (217). This point indicates climate change has contributed to bark beetles increased devastation of trees.
After reading Oatman’s article, what was one point concerning the characteristics of bark beetles that caught your attention? Why were you most interested in that point? Please provide a page number citation.