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.
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Resources and Citations
- MuseumPests.net: Odd Beetle
- 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