Common name: Horned powder-post Beetles.

A cosmopolitan family of about 700 species in the order Coleoptera. The adults, known as false powder-post beetles, bear a large pronotum that covers the head. The dark body is cylindrical, truncated posteriorly. The larvae have large thoractic segments and a curved abdomen. They usually develop in trunks or branches of weakened or dead trees, and at least one species, (Rhyzopertha dominica), is a pest of stored products. Other Middle Eastern pests include Apate monachus and Phonapate frontalis.


Halperin, J. and Damoiseau, R. 1980. The bostrychid beetles (Coleoptera) of Israel. Israel Journal of Entomology 14: 47-53.

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