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Species Attagenus pellio - Fur Beetle

Attagenus pellio Dermestid - Attagenus pellio - female Dermestid - Attagenus pellio Dermestid - Attagenus pellio
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
Superfamily Bostrichoidea
Family Dermestidae (Carpet Beetles)
Tribe Attagenini
Genus Attagenus (Black Carpet Beetles)
Species pellio (Fur Beetle)
Other Common Names
Two-spotted Carpet Beetle
Explanation of Names
Attagenus pellio (Linnaeus 1758)
3.6–6 mm(1)
native to Europe, now cosmopolitan(2), adventive in our area (ne. US & adjacent Canada, BC)(3)(4)
common inhabitant of bird nests; adults frequent flowers; may co-occur with A. unicolor outdoors and indoors (homes, warehouses, museums)(1)(4)
Larvae feed on animal material (wool, feathers, hair/fur), cereal and vegetable products; adults feed on pollen and nectar(1)
Life Cycle
6 months to 3 years(1)
household infestations may originate from outdoor sources, esp. pigeon nests(1)
earliest record in our area: NS 1827(4)
Works Cited
1.Handbook of urban insects and arachnids: A handbook of urban entomology
Robinson W.H. 2005. Cambridge University Press.
2.Alien terrestrial arthropods of Europe
Roques A., Kenis M., Lees D., Lopez-Vaamonde C., Rabitsch W., Rasplus J.-Y., Roy D., eds. 2010. BioRisk 4 Special Issue; 2 vols., 1028 pp.
3.Checklist of beetles (Coleoptera) of Canada and Alaska. Second edition
Bousquet Y., Bouchard P., Davies A.E., Sikes D.S. 2013. ZooKeys 360: 1–402.
4.The Derodontidae, Dermestidae, Bostrichidae, and Anobiidae of the Maritime Provinces of Canada (Coleoptera: Bostrichiformia)
C.J. Majka. 2007. Zootaxa 1573: 1–38.