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Photo#96799
Orange dermestid larva grows up! - Trogoderma ornatum - female

Orange dermestid larva grows up! - Trogoderma ornatum - Female
Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
Size: about 3.6 mm
Intent on getting images of the entire adult, I teased this beetle out of its comfy sleeping bag. Since I don't yet know the species or what the antennae of a male might look like, I'm hesitant to indicate what sex this one might be.

Images of this individual: tag all
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Trogoderma ornata, female
ID determined from specimen and photos by top US Dermestidae authority Richard Beal, who says, "T. ornatum is not particularly common, but is found in the eastern U. S. across the Great Plains. Adults are usually found on flowers. It is a species predatory on wasp and bee larvae found in tunnels in trees."

Moved
Moved from Megatoma.

Moved
Moved from Carpet Beetles.

likely female Megatoma
That's what Andreas Hermann of dermestidae.com says about this beetle. I wish I could quote him but I seem to have inadvertantly deleted his message. He also said there are several species that could be colored like this.

I don't know if species can be determined by examining a female but I can send the specimen to anyone who is qualified and willing to try.

hint
Dear Jim,

you may try to contact my german colleague: Andreas Herrmann, for Dermestids. I think he will like to fix up the bugguide gallery . . .

contact: herrmann*at*coleopterologie.de

regards, Boris

p.s.: This is a really nice one!

 
Andreas is already a contact of mine.
I have visited his site a number of times looking for matches to bugguide images, including this one. I'm still trying to decide which of several possibilities this one is and will ask Andreas to have a look at it soon.

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