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  Death-watch Beetles

Death-watch Beetle - Photo  Copyright 2001 G. Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

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Latin name: Xestobium rufovillosum

Size: Approximately 6mm long.

Found throughout the UK.

Months seen: March to June.

Habitat: Old trees and building timbers especially in damp areas.

Food: Larvae feed on wood, especially oak.

Special features: Death-watch beetles are wood boring beetles. They breed in old trees and building timbers. The larvae of the death-watch beetles can cause considerable damage as they feed inside building timbers. When they emerge from their tunnels they leave a round hole approximately 4mm across.

The adult beetles are brown and covered in tiny hairs. You can sometimes hear them in springtime tapping their heads on old timber in order to attract a mate. This can be quite spooky in houses as they continue tapping through the night.

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