Ivory-Marked Beetle

By William T. Hathaway

Ivory-Marked Beetle (Eburia quadrigeminata)

Adult Ivory-Marked Beetles seek out leaves and twigs for food, whereas the larvae bore into the heartwood of trees. In certain areas these beetle larvae can cause great damage to timber. When feeding on dry wood, the larvae grow at such slow rates that adults may emerge from flooring and furniture many years after the wood products have been purchased. Fortunately, this neatly-marked species is not common in our area. The beetle measures from 14-24 mm, not including the length of the long antennae.