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Identifying Beetles in Greater Faydark
By Whittier, subject matter expert
A guide to the most commonly found beetles in Greater Faydark. These beetles are potentially dangerous to the city of Kelethin and should be eradicated.
There are two primary categories of beetles: those that thrive on living wood and those that prefer cut or dry wood. Within these two categories are many subsets, however only three major types of beetles are found in Greater Faydark that could have a negative impact on the city of Kelethin.
The first type is the crystalline beetle, a rather iridescent specimen that frequents cut logs and beams. In Greater Faydark, it is usually found near fallen logs on the forest floor, though it has also been seen leaving traces on the posts supporting various walkways connecting Kelethin's platforms. This is obviously dangerous, and an infestation could sever the connections between the platforms, or possibly undermine the platforms themselves.
Among the beetles that infest living wood, none is more prolific than the bark beetle. Burrowing itself beneath a tree's outer bark, this beetle's larvae can strip a small tree of enough bark to allow other insects or water damage to take hold. While Kelethin's trees are very large and often considered invulnerable, if left unchecked, these bark beetles can proliferate and ruin entire sections of a tree's skin. Usually, these bark beetles start their evil deeds on any above ground roots, which are more tender than mature trees.
The blue tunneler is the final beetle present in Greater Faydark. This beetle bores into massive living trees, creating cast networks of tunnels. These tunnels may cut off the natural flow of nutrients throughout a tree, eventually starving it to death. Examine any mushrooms near a living tree for indicators that these beetles are nearby and ready to begin their life of destruction.
Treatment for these beetles is simple and effective. They must be removed! There are no natural predators in Greater Faydark that will remove the beetle menace. Therefore, it is up to the citizens of Kelethin to be on the look out for signs of infestation.
Once the beetles are removed from a source, they may not return for several seasons. However, one must always be vigilant as these pests can return unexpectedly. They might also begin to infect nearby trees or fallen logs. A watchful eye can prevent these creatures from getting out of hand.