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Feb 28, 2012 1:26 PM

unidentified visitors

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Here are a couple of pictures of a beetle on standard graph paper (1mm squares). Several of them have appeared in our house, mostly in the kitchen, over the last week or so. They are dark brown in colour and one centimetre long. One landed on my face as I awoke this morning and then proceeded to fly away so they could have come from the garden. Are we being invaded by dangerous insects ? or should I ignore them and let them get on with their lives unhindered ?

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    Feb 28, 2012 3:40 PM (in response to badolki)
    Re: unidentified visitors

    Hello,

    The picture is a bit too dark to allow a good examination of the beetle, but I believe it is a hide beetle Dermestes sp. It may be D. maculatus like this one, but I can't tell.

    In any case, you need to fight the infestation, because these beetles (or their larvae) can cause some damage to untanned leather or skins.

    Yours truly,

    Florin

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