The larvae of these beetles live mainly in timber. The adults are very small and brownish with an almost cylindrical body. It is typical that the thorax is arched to form a hood which almost conceals the head.
The larvae of the different species of furniture beetle are soft, curved, with very small legs, and they are difficult to distinguish from one another. They are known colloquially as woodworms. During the mating season the adults communicate with each other by banging the thorax against timber