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Anobium punctatum (Furniture beetle)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda > Insecta (insects) > Dicondyla > Pterygota > Metapterygota > Neoptera > Eumetabola > Holometabola > Coleoptera (beetles) > Polyphaga > Superfamily: Bostrychoidea > Family: Anobiidae

The furniture beetle (2mm) infests dry, untreated wood, especially in coastal regions. It is a serious pest and is distributed throughout southern Africa. They infest coniferous and hard woods. Usually dry timber is preferred but they also infest freshly seasoned timber. Their presence can be detected when small piles of dust accumulate near small holes in the wood.

Anobium punctatum

Anobium punctatum adult, 2mm. [image by David Pinniger , used with permission].


Damage caused to wood. [image by David Pinniger , used with permission].



Infestation can be identified when small holes and small piles of dust can be seen in and next to wood. [image by David Pinniger , used with permission].


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