powderpostbeetle

Lyctus brunneus

Powderpost beetles lay their eggs in cracks of wood and the larvae tunnel into the surface, filling it with a very fine powder-like dust. Powderpost beetles have long, narrow, flat bodies that allow them to easily attack wood surfaces. These beetles are reddish-brown in color.

Color: Reddish brown to black
Legs: Six
Shape: Narrow oval
Size: 1/8 to 1/4″
Antennae: Yes
Flight: Yes

Habits:
Adult powderpost beetles are very active at night, enjoy flying and are attracted to the light.

Habitat:
Powderpost beetles often attack hardwoods, and can be found in hardwood floors, timbers and crates, antiques and other objects made of hardwood materials.

Threats:
Some researchers believe that powderpost beetles are second only to termites in the United States in their destructiveness to wood and wood products.