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Facts: Lots of micro organisms like to curl up with a good book and eat it. Silver fish and book lice are some of the more commonly encountered specimens, not to mention termites, moths, cockroaches, carpet beetles, biscuit beetles, drug store beetles, powder-post beetles, spider beetles, larder beetles, death-watch beetles and a host of others.
However, Anobium punctatum is the classic bookworm primarily responsible for tunnelling holes through the pages of old codices and manuscripts. (A.punctatum also works a day job as the common furniture beetle, which is where it is more often encountered today.)
It is the larvae of A.punctatum that is actually the bibliophage. It spends up to 5 years devouring pulpy leaves of fact and fiction. Then it pupates, undergoes a metamorphosis, spreads its wings, and fly's away:
The book full block head, ignorantly read,
With loads of learned lumber in his head.
Essay on Criticism.