The adults beetles are uniformly brown in colour and are between 4 and 6 mm in length.
The most characteristic feature of their appearance is the humped appearance of the thorax when examined from a lateral viewpoint, with the head being tucked under the thorax and difficult to see.
The antennae of the adult beetles are distinctly clubbed, the club being made up of the three final antennal segments.
The adult female beetles, which have emerged from the characteristic round emergence holes in timber, after mating produce the small white lemon-shaped eggs (less than 1 mm long).
Each female produces approximately 20 eggs which are deposited on rough edges of timber, frequently the cut edges of finished timber.
The beetle attack both hardwoods and softwoods with a preference for the sapwood.
While feeding, the larvae produce a fine “sawdust” of a characteristic shape, the particles being ellipsoidal in shape. Just prior to pupation the larvae make their way near to the surface of the timber.
Pupation takes 10 to 14 days and from the pupa emerge the adult beetles which gnaw through the thin layer of wood leaving the round emergence holes which are 1.5mm in diameter.
Adult beetles emerge from mid March onwards.
The damage caused to wood by the boring activity of the larvae form of the furniture beetle is significant.
It can cause substantial structural damage leading to great financial loss.
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