Cabinet beetle

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Cabinet beetle (Trogoderma ornatum)

Description

A black beetle, Trogoderma sternale, Trogoderma varabile, Trogoderma inclusum, or Trogoderma angustum, that has a red pattern on its shell. The cabinet beetle larvae feed on insect collections, wool, feathers, and animal hides. The adult insects are 2 to 4 mm long and have a life span of up to 10 to 32 days. Cabinet beetles sometimes fly during the daytime. The larvae have yellow cylindrical bodies with setae tufts on the abdomen. They grow to a length of 1 to 5 mm. The larvae prefer dark places and live for a period of 1 to 17 days.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Trogoderma sternale; Trogoderma varabile; Trogoderma inclusum; Trogoderma angustum

Additional Information

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

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • David Pinniger, Pest Management in Museums, Archives and Historic Houses, Archetype Publications, London, 2001
  • Lynda A. Zycherman, J.Richard Schrock, A Guide to Museum Pest Control, FAIC and Association of Systematics Collections, Washington DC, 1988
  • Rosalie Rosso King, Textile Identification, Conservation, and Preservation, Noyes Publications, Park Ridge, NJ, 1985