Family: Anobiidae (biscuit beetles, drugstore beetles, furniture
beetles, tobacco beetles)
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Small brown, cylindrical or ovoid beetles
(2-6mm) covered with fine setae (hairs). Larvae of most of the species
bore into wood but some cosmopolitan species infest household goods.
Anobium punctatum (Furniture beetle) is a serious pest of furniture and untreated timber but
most damage occurs in the coastal areas. Their presence become apparent when
small piles of dust collect around small round holes in wood or furniture.
Stegobium paniceum (Drugstore
beetle, Biscuit beetle) is a pest of grocery cupboard. They regularly
infest any dry food of vegetable origin, even curry powder.
(Furniture beetle), 2mm. The furniture beetle is a
serious pest of dry, untreated wood, especially in coastal regions.
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]
(Drugstore beetle, Biscuit Beetle), 2mm. [image by Hamish Robertson