Odd beetle

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Odd beetle larva


A yellowish-white beetle, Thylodrias contractus. The odd beetle larvae eat natural fibers such as silk, wool, and cotton. The adult insects are about 2 to 3 millimeters long and can live up to 50 days. They lay eggs that hatch in 2 to 4 days. The larvae have a c-shaped brown body and grow in length to 3 mm. The larval stage lasts 242 to 338 days.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Thylodrias contractus

Additional Information

º MuseumPests.net: Odd Beetle

º L. Zycherman, J.R. Schrock, A Guide to Museum Pest Control, FAIC, Washington, DC, 1988.


  • Rosalie Rosso King, Textile Identification, Conservation, and Preservation, Noyes Publications, Park Ridge, NJ, 1985
  • Lynda A. Zycherman, J.Richard Schrock, A Guide to Museum Pest Control, FAIC and Association of Systematics Collections, Washington DC, 1988

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