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  Museum Beetle (Anthrenus museorum)





Museum Beetle | Anthrenus museorum photo
Museum Beetle

Image by Siga - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)



MUSEUM BEETLE FACTS

Identification
The Museum Beetle is a compact rounded beetle with a small head and a mottled pattern of black and white scales. This beetle is a significant pest infesting stored goods, especially specimens in museum collections where it can be very destructive to animal and insect collections.

Size
adult beetles are 2mm - 2.8mm long

Food
The Museum Beetle feeds on animal material including stored specimens in museums.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Coleoptera
Family:Dermestidae
Genus:Anthrenus
Species:museorum
Common Name:Museum Beetle

Relatives in same Genus
  Varied Carpet Beetle (A. verbasci)