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Family Dermestidae - Carpet Beetles

Dermestid beetle carpet beetle - Anthrenus verbasci Dermestidae 6-01-10 01 varied carpet beetle - Anthrenus verbasci Anthrenus verbasci Beetle (apparently sucking my apple tree - Dermestes maculatus Trogoderma Dermestes talpinus Mannerheim - Dermestes talpinus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
Superfamily Bostrichoidea (Carpet, Powder-post and Death-watch Beetles)
Family Dermestidae (Carpet Beetles)
Other Common Names
Dermestid Beetles, Skin Beetles, Larder Beetles
Explanation of Names
Dermestidae Latreille 1804
Numbers
124 spp. in 18 genera in NA(1)(2); global fauna still poorly known, with hundreds of undescribed spp. worldwide (and ca. 1000 described(3))
Overview of our fauna
Family Dermestidae
=============Classification per(4)==========
Family DERMESTIDAE
Subfamily DERMESTINAE Latreille 1804
==Tribe Dermestini Latreille 1804
Subfamily THORICTINAE Agassiz 1846
==Tribe Thorictini Agassiz 1846
Subfamily ORPHILINAE LeConte 1861
Subfamily TRINODINAE Casey 1900
==Tribe Thylodriini Semenov 1909
==Tribe Trinodini Casey 1900
Subfamily ATTAGENINAE Laporte 1840
==Tribe Attagenini Laporte 1840
Subfamily MEGATOMINAE Leach 1815
==Tribe Anthrenini Gistel 1848
==Tribe Megatomini Leach 1815
Size
2-12 mm
Identification
Adult: body convex, oval, or elongate-oval, often with hairs or scales; elytra usually dark with or without pale markings; antennae clubbed
Larva: mostly light brown, covered with long hairs and hair tufts(5)
The best online visual identification guide is(6); most helpful guide to synanthropic spp. is(7)
Range
throughtout NA, cosmopolitan
Habitat
larvae and adults found on carcasses, dry museum specimens, homes, stored food, nests (of bees, wasps, birds, mammals), etc.; adults of some spp. frequent flowers
Food
dried organic material of high protein content (skin/flesh of dead animals, dandruff, feathers, hair, mantid egg cases, dried foods, wool/silk, etc.); a few spp. prey on wasp & bee larvae or spider eggs; most smaller species feed on pollen/nectar(1)
Internet References
Featured Creatures - Stephanie Hill and Mark Mitola, University of Florida, 2013
Florida Insect Management Guide for carpet beetles - USDA, UF/IFAS Extension Service, Florida A&M University Cooperative Extension Program
Carpet Beetles - D.-H. Choe, Entomology, UC Riverside
Dermestidae.com - Andreas Herrmann
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.A new U.S. and Florida record for Caccoleptus (Bicaccoleptus) kacka Háva, 2009 (Coleoptera: Dermestidae)
Háva, J. and M.C. Thomas. 2012. Insecta Mundi 0237: 1–3.
3.Háva J. (2011) World catalogue of the Dermestidae
4.Family-group names in Coleoptera (Insecta)
Bouchard P. et al. 2011. ZooKeys 88: 1–972.
5.A phylogenetic study of Dermestidae (Coleoptera) based on larval morphology
T. Kiselyova & J.V. McHugh. 2006. Systematic Entomology 31: 469–507.
6.Herrmann A. (200?-) Pictures of some dermestid species
7.Handbook of urban insects and arachnids: A handbook of urban entomology
Robinson W.H. 2005. Cambridge University Press.