White-marked Spider Beetle - Ptinus fur

Description

Ptinus fur is a small (about 3.5 mm) Spider Beetle. The prothorax is densely covered with pale hairs, while the red brown studded elytra bear white scales looking like four pale white spots. Females are often more rounded and darker.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Often found in association with humans.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

Scavenges and breeds in dry organic matter. P. fur has been reported as attacking flour and other stored products such as bran and grain. It is also a pest in museums, attacking insect specimens and stuffed birds.

UK Status

Fairly common in Britain with most records coming from central England and from Wales.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 14 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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