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Jun 19, 2013 8:57 PM

Can anyone identify this bug?

Hi,

 

We have seen a few of these running around our flat in the last couple of days and dont have a clue what it is! Can anyone identify it?

 

Thanks

 

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    Jun 19, 2013 9:39 PM (in response to moss)
    Re: Can anyone identify this bug?

    This looks like Anobium sp.

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    Jun 20, 2013 9:23 AM (in response to moss)
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    I feel it has to be the Mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitor (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) - but it sure is a small one. The larvae of these beetles will often feed on pieces of bread brought back by birds into loft spaces or dropped down chimneys. They can also feed on starchy food debris beneath kitchen cupboards and appliances. They are not really a pest, just taking the opportunity to clean up for us, and they will not cause any damage to furniture or furnishings.

     

    Just chuck any you find out the back door.

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        Jun 21, 2013 10:17 AM (in response to moss)
        Re: Can anyone identify this bug?

        Hello,

        This new photo confirms bombuslucorum's ID: Mealworm Beetle. The natural habitat for their larvae are bird nests, so I guess you are right about those pigeons, they are the ones who 'invited' the beetles in your home. But don't worry about them. They are harmless to humans. In fact, mealworms (their larvae) are a delicious food supplement with an almond-like flavour.

        Yours,

        Florin

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