New perspectives on the biology of the tropical powderpost beetle, Minthea rugicollis (Walk.)
F Abood, R J Murphy, R W Berry
Minthea rugicollis (Walk.) is one of the most important pests of seasoned hardwoods in the tropics. The species owes its ubiquity largely to its insidious development within a nutrient-filled environment and also to a strong coevolutionary specialization with its natural habitat, wood. Such an environment provides a buffer to extrinsic fluctuations and accounts for a wider range of tolerance by immature stages to variations in climatic conditions than would otherwise be possible. Aspects of culture methods, characteristic habits and external tolerances are emphasised so as to generate new perspectives in understanding the fundamental biology of this organism and to improve current wood preservation strategies.