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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map