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Beetle - Thylodrias contractus - male

Beetle - Thylodrias contractus - Male
Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA
March 18, 2007
Size: ~3 mm
Found on my desk.

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Wow!
Very good find indeed. I've seen drawings of them in with other family members and they just look completely out of place.

credits! a new one for bugguide!
Hi Brad,
anybody said you have to leave home to make discoveries ;-)

This is a male Thylodrias contractus, a very unusual member of the carpet beetles (Dermestidae).

 
Thanks Boris. It really is a
Thanks Boris. It really is an odd beetle.

 
better than in your drawers
As you no doubt are located near a large collection of preserved insects, I was curious if this beetle shared the same bad habits as Dermestes. And sure enough, Downie and Arnett state that Thylodrias contractus is "a common pest of museum collections".

So I guess you could say 'better to have found this one on top of your desk, than in your drawers' :)

 
Exactly
Yes, wouldn't want these in my collection. I actually found this in my lab office (in a building with mostly genetics labs) so I'm not sure where it came from. Maybe there are some dead bugs in the corner or windowsill.

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