Bamboo Borer

Adults are about 1/8 inch long and dark brown; the front of the thorax has numerous indentations and short spines; the head is bent downward. Larvae are pale white with a dark head.


Development. Eggs are laid in cracks and crevices in bamboo; hatching is in about six days.

The larval period is about 41 days; development from egg to adult is completed in 31 to 85 days; adults live 28 to 115 days.


Habits. Infestations can occur in material made of bamboo, including furniture;

stored food, flour, and spices also can be infested, but this is rare. The holes in bamboo may be the only evidence, as the beetles are rarely seen.

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