Tapping behavior is a rhythmic communication in the death-watch beetle,Xestobium rufovillosum (Coleoptera: Anobiidae)

@article{Birch2005TappingBI,
  title={Tapping behavior is a rhythmic communication in the death-watch beetle,Xestobium rufovillosum (Coleoptera: Anobiidae)},
  author={M. Birch and J. J. Keenlyside},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
  year={2005},
  volume={4},
  pages={257-263}
}
This is the first experimental analysis of the tapping behavior which is performed by both sexes of the wood-boring death-watch beetle (DWB) Xestobium rufovillosum De Geer (Coleoptera: Anobiidae). Although the pest status and control of DWB in Britain have been well documented (Hickin, 1963), with the first descriptions of the beetle dating from 1668 (Wilkins, 1668; Allen, 1698), our knowledge of its behavior remains basically anecdotal. The DWB life cycle is well known: larvae burrow into and… Expand
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