What’s wrong with my Balsum For

Asked July 29, 2019, 9:26 PM EDT

Lower part of my Balsum Fir has thinning needles on lower half of tree next to trunk. I’m also noticing some wilting needles and tonight noticed concentrations of bugs on the trunk. See photos.

Hennepin County Minnesota hort balsum fir

1 Response

We have been unable to identity the exact problem, however, here is a link to possible insects, although some annual needle drop is normal.
https://www.forestpests.org/Insects/terminal_shoot.html