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May 31, 2013 9:04 AM

Bug identification

Please could someone identify these bugs I have found this week, in the sitting room near an inglenook fireplace in a 300 year old cottage in Dorset, that I have moved to?!

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    May 31, 2013 11:43 AM (in response to 0live0yl)
    Re: Bug identification

    Hello,

    These have come out of some fire logs. They are Oak Longhorn Beetles Phymatodes testaceus (family Cerambycidae). They vary a lot in colour, and are a common species. The larvae take a year to develop in hardwoods, especially oak, but they do not bore into the wood itself. They dig galleries under the bark, which means they are not able to reinfest the logs and become a household pest if that was your concern. They often come out in houses from stacks of firewood.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phymatodes_testaceus

    http://www.biolib.cz/en/taxon/id11118/

    Yours,

    Florin

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