- Demars, C.J.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Hain, F.P.
North Carolina State University
Aerial photography was used to map new tree mortality spots occurring at monthly intervals from July 1976 to June 1977 in a 13,000 ha study area. For each spot, the direction and distance from the nearest previously detected spot were determined and summarized for eight directional sectors. Hours of wind for each octant were determined and compared to spot incidence and mean distance by rank correlation methods. Downwind spot incidence in late September and early October was significant and upwind spot incidence during the late fall, winter and spring was significant if a time delay for foliage fading is considered. The relation of upwind winter dispersal to high catches of male beetles on warm winter days is discussed.