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Micromalthus debilis
Photo: David R. Maddison

Micromalthus debilis is also known as the “Telephone Pole Beetle” because it tunnels into logs and poles of buildings including telephone poles. It is a scientific curiosity because of its unique life history. Pollock and Normark* remarked, “Micromalthus debilis has one of the most bizarre life cycles.” This beetle can produce winged adults that mate and disperse, or it can reproduce parthenogenically as larvae.

Micromalthus debris larvae…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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