Woodworm beetle in flight

Woodworm beetle in flight

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Caption: Woodworm beetle (Anobium punctatum) in flight. Computer manipulated coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the woodworm beetle. This insect, also known as the furniture beetle, is the adult stage of the woodworm. Woodworm is a grub which lives for up to four years in wood, often preferring the dry, seasoned wood of human dwellings. It creates tunnels, secreting the enzyme cellulase to break down the cellulose. In its adult stage it doesn't feed, living only long enough to reproduce.

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