Common Furniture Beetle - Anobium punctatum

Alternative names
Furniture Beetle

Size 3 to 4.5 mm. They have brown ellipsoidal bodies with a pronotum resembling a monk's cowl.

Identification difficulty

Now found mostly in the company of humans, where it has adapted very successfully to exploit human-created habitats such as old timber in buildings and furniture.

When to see it

Adults are most active in spring and summer.

Life History

In the larval stage (known as woodworm) it bores into wood and feeds on it. Adults do not feed; they just reproduce. The female lays her eggs into cracks in wood or inside old exit holes, if available.

UK Status

This very common species is found throughout Britain, but is most common in the south and east.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 43 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map