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Species Euvrilletta peltata - Anobiid Powderpost Beetle

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
Superfamily Bostrichoidea (Carpet, Powder-post and Death-watch Beetles)
Family Ptinidae (Death-watch and Spider Beetles)
Subfamily Xyletininae
Tribe Xyletinini
Genus Euvrilletta
Species peltata (Anobiid Powderpost Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xyletinus peltatus
Explanation of Names
Euvrilletta peltata (Harris 1836)
3.7–4.6 mm(1)
e. NA (PE-GA to MB-AR-TX)(1)(2), has probably spread to other countries(3)
occurs naturally in dead branches and downed logs(3), prefers rather moist wood; joists and flooring in damp buildings are particularly susceptible; older homes with crawl spaces are also heavily infested(1)
Life Cycle
may take 1–5 years, depending on wood quality & moisture and temperature fluctuations(3)
may re-infest & cause structural failure of wood(1); infestations may continue until nearly all the sapwood portion has been consumed(3)
Works Cited
1.Death-watch and spider beetles of Wisconsin—Coleoptera: Ptinidae
Arango, R.A. and D.K. Young. 2012. General Technical Report FPL-GTR-209. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory.
2.Checklist of beetles (Coleoptera) of Canada and Alaska. Second edition
Bousquet Y., Bouchard P., Davies A.E., Sikes D.S. 2013. ZooKeys 360: 1–402.
3.Handbook of urban insects and arachnids: A handbook of urban entomology
Robinson W.H. 2005. Cambridge University Press.