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Species Attagenus pellio - Fur Beetle

Attagenus pellio
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)
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)
Size
3.6–6 mm(1)
Range
native to Europe, now cosmopolitan(2), adventive in our area (ne. US & adjacent Canada, BC)(3)(4)
Habitat
common inhabitant of bird nests; adults frequent flowers; may co-occur with A. unicolor outdoors and indoors (homes, warehouses, museums)(1)(4)
Food
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)
Remarks
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.