Knocking on wood for a mate

Birch, Martin; Menendez, Guy
July 1991
New Scientist;7/6/91, Vol. 131 Issue 1776, p42
Reports that deathwatch beetle, Xestobium rufovillosum's habit of making a tapping noise by knocking the front of its head against the timber is a form of sexual communication. Effect of the larvae of the deathwatch beetle on the structure of timbers; Origin of the beetle's name; Superstition surrounding the tapping of deathwatch beetle; Flexibility of the deathwatch beetle.


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