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Apr 15, 2012 3:47 PM

id for a very small ladybird like beetle

hi, every so often one of these beetles lands somewhere near me in one room in the house, i think they can fly and they have a pattern similar to ladybirds but much much smaller and also brown and light brown, i have several pictures, because they're so small (about 1mm-1.5mm) it was difficult to get one in focus, but here they areIMG_20120415_151522.jpgIMG_20120415_151348.jpgIMG_20120415_151527.jpgIMG_20120415_151626.jpgIMG_20120415_151657.jpg

thanks if anyone can help, just curious to know what they are and where they come from,

cheers,

joe

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    Apr 15, 2012 6:18 PM (in response to joe)
    Re: id for a very small ladybird like beetle
    Hard to say but I'd hazard a guess that it's Anthrenus verbasci.  It might be worth cecking for holes in your woolens, or wool carpets, which is what the hairy little larvae feed on.  They also like to chew their way through insect collections, but I'm guessing that you don't have one of those...
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    Apr 16, 2012 10:57 AM (in response to joe)
    Re: id for a very small ladybird like beetle
    In the past I had a beautiful male, female pair of Atlas Moths Attacus atlas mounted high in a case at the top of my stairs. Then a wing fell off one and I finaly got around to getting a ladder up there and found about ten wooly bears contentedly munching away on the moths. Little %^&%^&!
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    Apr 16, 2012 4:15 PM (in response to joe)
    Re: id for a very small ladybird like beetle

    20120416_155617.jpg

     

    Glad I found this site, it's terrific!

    Apologies for the pic - as you'll know it's really hard to get in close to very small things, and also I had to use a mobile cam.  Anyway...

    I've got lots of these things hanging about too - I usually see them on the window ledge, or on painted walls, probably due to them showing up on those surfaces.

    How does one get rid of them?  I'm not worried about the carpets, as the ones we have are man made so they're more cleanable, and my clothes are of the cheapest material known to man, but it freaks me out a bit that they're sleeping with me...it probably shouldn't, but it does!


    Do they cause a lot of issues?

     

    Interestingly, I was looking after my dads house, which is only a few miles away, and they were knocking about there too.  He doesn't have kids bringing in insects attached to them either (except for mine), and I know their house is a darn sight cleaner than mine.

    So I wonder if they're just a fact of life, or whether south Manchester is soon to be taken over.....

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      Apr 16, 2012 8:03 PM (in response to Mozza)
      Re: id for a very small ladybird like beetle
      These are found at a background level in all homes. I've said it before, but I will say it again - even (I reckon) in the queens own bedroom. They are certainly more obvious during spring when adults emerge and fly to windows. Anything up to a dozen would be normal, whereas if you keep finding them in their 10's over the course of a week or two you may have a more serious infestation. I just throw any adults I find on windowsill straight out of the window - seems to keep their numbers down. Look out for them in the garden too; they are often found feeding on pollen from flowers, particularly ox eye daises.
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