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 I do have a soft spot for one of its close relatives — Ctesias serra.

All that now remains are rows and rows of neatly arrayed pins and piles of dust. Egg incubation requires between 11 and 15 days.

Ventral surface of a uniform light-grey colour. It has certainly not come indoors to munch the carpet or the soft furnishings.

Anthrenus museorum, Museum Beetle

Echoes of the butterflies what were once stored in this box. In summer, females frequently get into houses to lay their eggs, provided that they can find food substrates for their larvae. No, entomologists do not like Anthrenus.

This site uses cookies. It is the tiny bristly larvae that do the damage, chewing their way through the insect specmens, often from the inside out.

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Article for the Sierra Club. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Click here for follow-up information. Rather short legs that can fold back into their grooves on the ventral surface.


Bright scales of dorsal surface condensed on side margins of pronotum and forming three usually narrow fasciae on elytra. It tiptoes about in the dark nibbling at the dry husks, but is itself immune to spider attack.

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Jones bequest is pest-free, and there are no signs of any ghostly shadows on the paper linings of the drawers. The larva is anthtenus, hairy, and measures 4. Anthrenus museorum Linnaeus A handbook of urban entomology Robinson W. Photos of insects and people from the gathering in ArizonaJuly Photos of insects and people from the gathering in Alabama Photos of insects and people from the gathering in Iowa Photos from the Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa Photos from the gathering in Washington.

A spider would only get a mouthful of broken bristles if it tried. Where did they live mudeorum the many rug-free millennia before the intricacies of the Persian or the Turkish knot, before the loom, before even mudeorum first sabre-toothed tiger skin was cast down onto the cold rough cave floor by Mr and Mrs Neanderthal?

Upcoming Events Discussioninsects and people from the BugGuide Gathering in VirginiaJuly Photos of insects and people from the gathering in WisconsinJuly Photos of insects and people from the gathering in VirginiaJune ahthrenus It lives for one or two weeks, outdoors, on plants. This’ll get you scratching your head.

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. Anthrenks similarly coloured A. Retrieved from ” https: In natural conditions, the full development cycle lasts about 12 months and there is one generation per year.


As its name suggests, it haunts museums — in particular the cases of stuffed birds and animals, stores of dried animal skins and drawers of pinned insects.

Anthrenus museorum, Museum Beetle

Even ants, apparently, have their followers. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Anthrenus museorum. Despite the fact that museum or carpet beetles now frequent our very modern homes and learned institutions, their metabolism is still governed by their digestion of the moulted feathers and fur they first tasted way back in evolutionary history.

How an irritating but trivial gnat became imbued with dark menace well beyond its diminutive size. Dung beetles are among my own favourites. With generation times of only a few days or weeks, it is not long before there is museoruj army of Anthrenus larvae. Once the adult stage is reached, the imago lives in the larval remains for about a week before becoming active and taking flight.