An adult pine bark anobiid (photos courtesy of PaDIL, Pests and Diseases Image Library),
Dorsal view of a pine bark anobiid.
The pine bark anobiid is a pest of untreated, exotic pine logs that retain some bark. There are about 1100 species of anobiid beetles (Family Anobiidae) worldwide, but only about 200 of these occur in Australia.
In Queensland, four species of anobiid may be found in or around buildings; the Queensland pine beetle and the common furniture beetle, a native of Europe, are of economic significance, while the pine bark anobiid and the cigarette beetle are of minor importance.
Changes to building practices have decreased the risk of attack to timber-in-service and reports of damage have become less frequent.
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