One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small brown beetle, the larva of which (the woodworm) bores holes in dead wood and causes considerable damage to old furniture and building timbers.
Anobium punctatum, family Anobiidae
- ‘The life cycle is similar to that of the common furniture beetle but can take many years to complete.’
- ‘In heated houses the conditions are thus not optimal for the survival of furniture beetles.’
- ‘The wharf borer only attacks rotten wood and not sound timber but the furniture beetle can cause far more damage.’
- ‘Poplar weathers very well but it can be attacked by the western cedar borer when it is growing and furniture beetles when seasoned.’
- ‘The drugstore beetle is similar to the cigarette beetle and the furniture beetle in appearance but is slightly larger, more elongate, and has distinctly striated wing covers.’
- ‘Reddish-brown furniture beetles, whose larvae are book worms, are wood-boring insects that infest neglected books stored in humid conditions.’
- ‘Both furniture beetles and death watch beetles require a little more water than is generally found in a dry and well maintained building.’
- ‘Preventative measures should be taken to protect any valuable wood product against the larvae of furniture beetles.’
- ‘The biology of the common furniture beetle is similar to that of the Queensland pine beetle.’
- ‘Damage by the furniture beetle is identifiable by a peppering of tiny holes in the surface of the wood.’
- ‘Emerging adult furniture beetles will bore through this new surface to reach the outside, leaving new holes for you to spot.’
- ‘Unlike many other wood boring insects, the common furniture beetle is as comfortable in sound timber as in decayed timber.’
- ‘Attack by furniture beetle occurs in both sound dry timber and that which has been affected by fungal decay.’
- ‘Timber can fall foul of insects such as the common furniture beetle and the deathwatch beetle, as well as from fungi such as dry rot and wet rot.’
- ‘Despite being in the same family as the furniture beetle, it does not bore into wood.’
- ‘The only one in the UK, the house longhorn, makes oval exit holes 3mm to 6mm wide, compared to 1.5mm for the familiar furniture beetle.’
- ‘As the title suggests, the book also includes information on borers, powderpost beetles and furniture beetles, as well as fungal decay and defibration.’
- ‘It is well documented that common furniture beetle mates and lays eggs down old tunnels, often well below the surface.’
- ‘If precautionary treatments against furniture beetles are unnecessary in old buildings, then will they protect against fungus?’
- ‘The sapwood is susceptible to attack by both the powder-post and common furniture beetles and logs and tress are liable to attack by forest longhorn or Buprestid beetles.’
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