LMBPC: Death-watch Beetle!
Have you heard of the Death-watch Beetle? Although we have, our service call this week was an exciting surprise as the Death-watch beetles are most common in the coastal areas of the United States.
Death-watch Beetles are 1/4 to 3/8 inch long .Gray-brown with patches of pale hairs on the back of the body. They do not have rows of pits on the wing covers. The body segment just behind the head is hood-like and completely covers the head when the insect is viewed from above.
Adults emerge during the spring, leaving holes of about 4mm across in the wood. The adults make tapping noises against the dead wood to attract mates; the females then lay their eggs in crevices in the wood.