Minthea rugicollis (Walk.) (Coleoptera: Lyctidae): A pest of rubberwood
F Abood, R W Berry, R J Murphy
Rubberwood (Hevea brasiliensis) has grown in prominence as a source of timber in recent years. One of the drawbacks in the utilization of this species is its susceptibility to attack by powder-post beetles belonging to the family Lyctidae. In Malaysia, Minthea rugicollis (Walk) is the, most commonly found species attacking seasoned rubberwood. In this paper, information available thus far on Minthea rugicollis is collated in brief and an outline given of a current research project aimed at developing comprehensive information on the biology of this important pest of rubberwood. Some inherent properties of rubberwood and their effect on the activities of Minthea rugicollis will also be investigated.