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Any of various insects, insect larvae, or mollusks that bore into wood.

wood′bor′ing adj.
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1. (Animals) any of various beetles of the families Anobiidae, Buprestidae, etc, the larvae of which bore into and damage wood
2. (Animals) any of various other unrelated invertebrates that bore into wood
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(ˈwʊdˌbɔr ər, -ˌboʊr-)

1. a tool, operated by compressed air, for boring wood.
2. any of various beetles, worms, mollusks, etc., that bore into wood.
wood′bor`ing, adj.
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Noun1.woodborer - any of various insects or larvae or mollusks that bore into woodwoodborer - any of various insects or larvae or mollusks that bore into wood
invertebrate - any animal lacking a backbone or notochord; the term is not used as a scientific classification
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However, this method does show promise for live-trapping other woodborer species attracted to these traps.
have been found to stimulate antennae of the buprestid woodborer Melanophila acuminata (De Geer) (Schutz et al., 1999).
We start our 'rescue' of neglected invertebrates with a paper by Courtney Rayes, James Beattie and Ian Duggan that offers a look at interspecies relations over the longue duree by placing attention on the insidious gnashings of the marine woodborer. They argue that shipworms, pillbugs and gribbles (a collection of mollusc and crustacean species all of which are categorised as marine woodborers) have been almost entirely overlooked by environmental history, despite exerting a substantial impact on social, economic and political dynamics.
Several of my 60- to 80-year-old pines and spruces have been attacked and killed by a beetle I think is called the Pinelands woodborer. It only seems to attack one tree at a time and takes about four years to kill one tree.
on species of the molluscan woodborer Teredo in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey.
Fine structure of antennal sensilla basiconica and their detection of plant volatiles in the eucalyptus woodborer, Phoracantha semipunctata Fabricius (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
For millennia, people trialled a variety of measures to address damage caused by marine woodborers. Especially from the nineteenth century, these trials spurred the exchange of new timber resources and the commissioning of engineering and scientific studies into woods able to resist the woodborer.
SB have also been reported in the antennae of other non-Dipteran insects such as the eucalyptus woodborer, Phoracantha semipunctata [Coleoptera: Cerambycidae] (Lopes et al.
Softer wood varieties, such as the red Philippine timber, called kalantas or kalante, are also preferred for their natural fragrance and resistance to woodborers.
Some natural "reefs" can be ephemeral, such as tree trunks that are washed down rivers, become water logged, and sink to the bottom to provide temporary habitat until woodborers gradually degrade them.
For example, bark beetles (Curculionidae: Scolytinae), woodborers (Cerambycidae), and click beetle larvae (Elateridae) were captured more frequently near logs and all either directly feed in large dead wood or are commonly found in it.