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Species Ptinus variegatus

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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 Ptinidae (Death-watch and Spider Beetles)
Subfamily Ptininae (Spider Beetles)
Tribe Ptinini
Genus Ptinus
No Taxon (subgenus Gynopterus)
Species variegatus (Ptinus variegatus)
Explanation of Names
Ptinus variegatus Rossi 1794
Size
3-4 mm
Identification
Elytra with two wavy white bands, the anterior one usually extending to shoulder and along side margin. Pronotum with projecting latero-dorsal humps and rather short pubescence, pale, denser and scaly in middle. Not conspicuously dimorphic.
Range
adventive, scattered e. US, Calif. records (1)(BG data), native to sw France to se Ukraine - Map (2)
Habitat
Data scarce; habits described as similar to that of P. sexpunctatus (larvae scavenge in nests of solitary bees)
Remarks
Apparently no published NA records. With existing keys, it will key out as Ptinus bimaculatus, but is easily separated from the latter by shorter pronotal pubescence, adpressed and scaly in middle.