Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Beetle mating


Hello. I was my question is,  do powder post and false powder post beetles always need to emerge from the wood they are in to mate or can they mate while still inside the wood?  Thank you for your time


I am generally a polite person, or try to be, but I have told you repeatedly that I am *not* an expert on specific types of structural pests like powderpost beetles.  You will need to consult someone who studies those specifically.  You might try the Coleopterists Society:


I see they have a tab for "resources" on their home page, so that might be a place to start.

Entomologists are usually specialists in something, and I would have to say that wasps are my specialty, not structural pests.  Thank you for understanding.


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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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