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These beetles belonging to the family of the Bostrichidae (also weevils, tinker beetles, Poch beetles) are distributed worldwide with about 500 and in Europe with 50 species. The 2 to 20 millimeters long insects have elongated cylindrical slightly flattened bodies and are either strong, fine or not hairy. The head with oval eyes is covered by a hooded shield. The larvae, also called woodworms, are similar grubs (Beetle larvae). Some species are even bound to certain plants. The bark beetles or their larvae penetrate into woody plant parts and can cause severe damage. The larvae feed on dead and living tissue. In the US states California and Oregon will too vines infested in the wood of the shoots burrow. An effective control takes place by cutting off all dead and dying wood parts as well as the infected plant parts. See also below Vine enemies,

Bore beetle - Bostrichus capucinus

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