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Genus Lyctus

bostrichid - Lyctus carbonarius unknown beetle - Lyctus carbonarius Southern Lyctus Beetle - Lyctus carbonarius Southern Lyctus Beetle? - Lyctus carbonarius Mojave-48 - Lyctus carbonarius Lyctus from Dunsmuir - Lyctus carbonarius Horned Powder-post Beetle - Lyctus carbonarius Bostrichidae - Lyctus carbonarius
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
Superfamily Bostrichoidea
Family Bostrichidae (Horned Powder-post Beetles)
Subfamily Lyctinae (Powder-post Beetles)
Tribe Lyctini
Genus Lyctus
Explanation of Names
Lyctus Fabricius 1792
the largest genus of the subfamily, with 5 native and 3 established adventive spp. in our area, and 25 spp. worldwide(1)
key to New World spp. in Gerberg (1957)(2)
Sapwood of hardwoods; oak, hickory and ash are highly susceptible. The extent of feeding damage is proportional to the starch content of the wood so rarely is the heartwood attacked.(3)
Tarsostenus univittatus, a Clerid bettle is a common predator on both adults and larvae.(3)
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.A revision of the New World species of powder-post beetles belonging to the family Lyctidae.
Gerberg, E.J. 1957. USDA Technical Bulletin 1157: 1–55.
3.Eastern Forest Insects
Whiteford L. Baker. 1972. U.S. Department of Agriculture · Forest Service.