house longhorn beetle (Hylotrupes bajulus)

A non-native species of wood borer sometimes found in the timbers of recently built houses, when known as a kind of woodworm. The beetle prefers the relatively high resin content of conifer wood (especially pine) less than 10 years old. The beetle is most common in the south-east of England.

This definition is abridged from A – Z of tree terms: A companion to British arboriculture.
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