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Species Trogoderma ornatum - Ornate Carpet Beetle

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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)
Tribe Anthrenini
Genus Trogoderma
Species ornatum (Ornate Carpet Beetle )
Other Common Names
Ornate Cabinet Beetle
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Trogoderma ornatum (Say)
Orig. Comb: Megatoma ornata Say, 1825
1.9–3.6 mm(1)

Det. Andreas Herrmann, 2009
N. Amer. to C. Amer. (2)
common museum pest; outdoors, in dead insects and debris in hollow trees, bird nests, in nests of bees and wasps that provision their cells with spiders and insects(3)
throughout the year in heated buildings(3)
various dry animal/plant material(3)
Life Cycle
two generations per year(3)
not particularly common; found in the e. US across the Great Plains. Adults are usually found on flowers. Preys on wasp and bee larvae found in tunnels in trees. --Richard Beal, pers. comm. to Jim McClarin
Internet References - Andreas Herrmann(4)
Works Cited
1.Canadian Grain Commission: insect pests of stored grain
2. A distributional checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida.
Peck & Thomas. 1998. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville. 180 pp.
3.Handbook of urban insects and arachnids: A handbook of urban entomology
Robinson W.H. 2005. Cambridge University Press.
4.Herrmann A. (200?-) Pictures of some dermestid species