Anobium punctatum

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Anobium punctatum adult (click on image to enlarge it)
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damage to wood by Anobium punctatum (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Kai-Martin Knaak
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Anobium punctatum (De Geer, 1774) - (furniture beetle)

This beetle is widely distributed in temperate regions and is common in moist buildings. It infests wooden furniture, which can be recognized by the small exit holes created by the young emerging beetles as well as by the wooden dust (frass) accumulating below the furniture. Old furniture in a moist environment is most often infested.

The life cycle of the beetle last 3-4 years, spent mainly as larva tunnelling inside the wood. The exit holes made after the young adults emerge from the pupae are 1-1½ mm wide and the adult beetle is around 3-4 mm long.

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Holzwurm
• English: furniture beetle
• Français: anobie ponctué