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    I found some of these today for the first time in a very long time. They had apparently fallen from the exhaust fan located directly over the clothes washer in the laundry room.

    Now even though I have carried the WDI license for 12 years, I won't attempt to say what these are, even though I know. I'm just waiting for JP and Crew to try and promote them as Pygmy Rhinoceros Beetles, mutant cockroach mimics or some such shitt[sic]. Then I will have a go at them.

    I'll just nap until that time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A.D. Miller View Post
    Now even though I have carried the WDI license for 12 years, I won't attempt to say what these are, even though I know. I'm just waiting for JP and Crew to try and promote them as Pygmy Rhinoceros Beetles, mutant cockroach mimics or some such shitt[sic]. Then I will have a go at them.
    Due to the quality (lack thereof) of the photos, I'll have to guess powder post beetles.

    I'll just nap until that time.
    Yeah, right.

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    Due to the quality (lack thereof) of the photos, I'll have to guess powder post beetles.
    JP: Always quick with the uplifting and positive statements, you are. And, you are correct, for once.


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    Somebody has a butt load of problems where ever you found those at Aaron.

    That yellow frass is a dead giveaway for powder post beetles.

    And if they are in the attic space. OMG!!!!

    Any ash paneling in this house or ash cabinets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Hurst View Post
    Somebody has a butt load of problems where ever you found those at Aaron.

    That yellow frass is a dead giveaway for powder post beetles.

    And if they are in the attic space. OMG!!!!

    Any ash paneling in this house or ash cabinets?

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    Aaron,

    Paybacks in life is a bitch isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    Due to the quality (lack thereof) of the photos, I'll have to guess powder post beetles.
    Quote Originally Posted by A.D. Miller View Post
    JP: Always quick with the uplifting and positive statements, you are.

    Aaron,

    The reason for that statement (okay, 'comment') was that, in your photo, the wings looked smooth and all the ones I've seen has ridges/lines in them like in the photo Rick posted.

    That smooth looking effect had me wondering, but everything else fit in both the look and in the powdery frass.

    Like Rick says, if in the attic, they've got real problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    Aaron,

    The reason for that statement (okay, 'comment') was that, in your photo, the wings looked smooth and all the ones I've seen has ridges/lines in them like in the photo Rick posted.

    That smooth looking effect had me wondering, but everything else fit in both the look and in the powdery frass.

    Like Rick says, if in the attic, they've got real problems.
    JP: OK, so I admit it. My electron microcope and camera attachment are in for refurbishing. Even with them operational, the Hann's Foo Dog 193.5 kb photo rule would render any decent photos shabby.

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    Here is the depiction from the Peterson Field Guide Series, A Field Guide to the Insects of American North of Mexico, Donald J. Borror (appropo) and Richard E. White.

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    Anybody got a size depiction??

    Anybody got an idea on this stuff on a window sill.

    It's the window sill of a master bathroom window (southfacing) of a one story ranch, on a crawl space, in central Kentucky.

    No readily visible holes in the frame above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erby Crofutt View Post
    Anybody got a size depiction??

    Anybody got an idea on this stuff on a window sill.

    It's the window sill of a master bathroom window (southfacing) of a one story ranch, on a crawl space, in central Kentucky.

    No readily visible holes in the frame above.
    Erby: It looks like large gritty pieces of wood debris from carpenter ant activity.


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    I agree with Aaron. With carpenter ants, their frass is more messy you might say. You'll also see other pieces of debris mixed in the frass which may be body parts from ants who have died in the nest site.

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    I agree with Aaron and Rick as Powder Post Beetle frass is, well, what they were named after ... powder. Like very fine sanding dust.

    Those look more 'chunky' like there were 'small pieces torn from' the other wood.

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    Try them in some Chocolate...... very crunchy

    I bet if you look around that house you will find a bamboo basket... TaDa

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