a family of small beetles of the suborder Polyphaga. The body is oblong and flattened on top. The legs are five-segmented with a reduced first segment. The antennae have a two-segmented club. The larvae are legless and white. Lyctidae develop in dry wood, on which both the beetles and the larvae feed. There are over 100 species found almost everywhere in the world (with the exception of the polar regions). There are six species in the USSR, of which two (Lyctus line arts and L. pubescens ) are widespread and two (L. suturalis and L. brunneus ) are indigenous only to the Caucasus and Middle Asia. Lyctidae damage structures, telegraph poles, furniture, and other wooden items. Control requires treating the wood or covering its surface with protective agents or long-acting insecticides.