Anthrenus museorum (Linnaeus, ). Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Bostrichoidea > Dermestidae > Anthrenus > Florilinus > Anthrenus museorum. Dermestid Beetle – Anthrenus museorum Carpet Beetle – Anthrenus museorum What species of Carpet Beetle – Anthrenus museorum Museum. Unknown – Anthrenus museorum museum beetle – Anthrenus museorum Dermestid – Anthrenus museorum – female Anthrenus subgenus Florilinus?.

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But it is the scourge of entomologists the world over. Museum beetles do not just live in museums, they also live in homes, where they go by another name — carpet beetles.

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And they will attack the chitin shells of museum insect specimens. Imagine what would happen to the dried insect specimens, pinned into the box the boxes stored flat to allow some stackingif the butterfly bodies and wings suddenly and magically turned to fine dust.

Adults live on flowers and can be quite abundant along with other Anthrenus species on Apiaceae Umbellifera flowers where they feed on nectar and pollen. Ctesias is a relatively uncommon species, but occurs on a wide variety of trees, including some of the large street trees here in East Dulwich. Anthrenus museorum Linnaeus But, to a man or womanthere is one insect universally loathed by entomologists of all walks of life.

Egg incubation requires between 11 and 15 days. Adults are good fliers.


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Rather short legs that can fold back into their grooves on the ventral surface. Adults are active on flowers in sunlight, then become negatively phototactic and seek sheltered sites. Geographical distribution Worldwide distribution, but more frequent in hot, humid regions.

As indicated by their name, museum beetles are very fond of museums where they seek insect collections, herbaria, stuffed animals, skins, furs, dessicated animal bodies, cotton goods, leather, wool, natural or artificial silk fibers, all kinds of paper goods, cereal, and diverse foodstuffs especially when they contain starch. They have devoured plenty of specimens in my relatively small insect collection including, recently, a large number of parasitic flies family Tachinidae stored in a rather old and obviously not Anthrenus -proof store box.

This Dermestidae -related article is a stub. These it pinches from the snarled and matted webs of the the several types of spiders that live underneath the loose and peeling bark, or inside hollow trunks.

Colour Almost black head. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies.

Anthrenus museorum, Museum Beetle

Anthrenus Palearctic insects Beetles described in Dermestidae stubs. Elsewhere there are fans of stick insects, earwigs, fleas and hissing cockroaches.

Contributors own the copyright to and are solely responsible for contributed content. Lots of people love butterflies, and moths, and bees, and dragonflies. Glass-topped cabinet drawers, at least, can be easily pulled out and examined for the tell-tale dusty signs of an infestation — hopefully caught early on.

Even ants, apparently, have their followers. During his lifetime he was lucky that he never had any Anthrenus infestations.

Adults have a very short lifetime of around 1 or 2 weeks. Ctesias follows a quiet and secretive life on old trees where it ekes out a living eating dead insects.


Garden Wildlife blog, mostly creepy crawlies, but also the occasional bluetit, fox or bat. Overview Anthrenus museorum have a polyphagous and necrophagous food diet. It might seem odd, at first, that Anthrenus should have found this strange little ecological niche in which to have evolved their annoying and destructive lives. Dedicated naturalists volunteer their time and resources here to provide this service.

There are 5 to 6 consecutive larval molts on an average, but a maximum number of 29 has already been observed. Moved from ID Request.

She lays forty eggs at a time once a year. At the end of their ahthrenus, larvae turn into nymphs, which are rather short and a yellowish colour.

Anthremus strive to provide accurate information, but we are mostly just amateurs attempting to make sense of a diverse natural world. Ventral surface of a uniform light-grey colour.

It seems they probably lived in bird and small mammal nests. Eyes not notched in muweorum, Antennae 8-segmented, museorumm club of two segments. Click the contributor’s name for licensing and usage information.

Dedicated naturalists anturenus their time and resources here to provide this service. It is the tiny bristly larvae that do the damage, chewing their way through the insect specmens, often from the inside out. They musdorum considered as the most harmful museum species worldwide, but in France other Anthrenus species cf.

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