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Wood-destroying Coleopteran species in the historical buildings in Kastamonu, in Turkey

S Unal, E Ozcan, AT Kaygin


The aim of this study is to identify the harmful insects causing damage in the historical wooden buildings of Kastamonu. Accordingly, 15 of those historical wooden buildings situated in the city were periodically controlled between the years 2002 and 2005. During those periodic controls, damages caused by insects were detected and additionally, dead and alive insects were collected from the damaged materials. As a result of this study, 7 species from 4 families were identified; these species
are Anobium punctatum De Geer, Xestobium rufovillosum De Geer, Ernobius mollis (L.), Ptilinus pectinicornis (L.) (Anobiidae), Lyctus brunneus (Steph.) (Lyctidae), Hylotrupes bajulus (L.) (Cerambycidae) and Rhizopertha sp. (Bostriychidae). Except A. punctatum and H. bajulus, the rest are considered as the first records gathered in Kastamonu region.

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