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Anthrenus pimpinellae - Front view
Anthrenus pimpinellae - Front view


Anthrenus pimpinellae
Anthrenus pimpinellae belong to the genus Anthrenus, in the order beetles (Coleoptera), the suborder Polyphaga (water, rove, scarab, longhorn, leaf and snout beetles), the infraorder Bostrichiformia, the superfamily Bostrichoidea (carpet, powder-post and death-watch beetles), the family skin beetles (Dermestidae), the subfamily Megatominae (synonym Anthreninae) and the tribe Anthrenini. This species has several subspecies such as: Anthrenus pimpinellae pimpinellae, Anthrenus pimpinellae incertus, Anthrenus pimpinellae isabellinus and Anthrenus pimpinellae mroczkowskii. Anthrenus pimpinellae are commonly encountered throughout the world.
Anthrenus pimpinellae
Anthrenus pimpinellae
Adult Anthrenus pimpinellae reach body lengths of 2 - 4. 5 mm. Their bodies are relatively small and oval in shape. The upper surface is covered with scales and has a black base colour. The antennae have eleven segments, the last three of which form a club. The pronotum (neck plate) is covered with reddish-yellow and white scales, with darker patches in the middle and at the sides. The edges of the pronotum also have a distinct antennae furrow. Close to the middle of the black elytra ( wing covers) a broad white stripe can be seen, and there are white spots laterally at the end. The elytra have reddish scales at the seam where they meet and above the peaks.
Anthrenus pimpinellae are commonly found in buildings or birdsí nests, as the females lay their eggs there. The adult beetles have a short life span. They feed on pollen or the nectar of various flowering plants, while the larvae live off animal hair, feathers or substances from these. The black to dark brown, hairy larvae are sensitive to light and find dark hiding places. By the time of pupation they have reached body lengths of up to 7 mm.
En masse they (is this the beetle or the larvae) can cause considerable damage to textiles in houses or in storage. Moreover, they contaminate food stocks, making them unfit for human consumption.

Anthrenus (Anthrenus) pimpinellae
Subspecies6
Common namesBird Nest Carpet Beetle
German namesBibernellen-Blütenkäfer
Danish namesFugleredeklanner
AuthorJohann Christian Fabricius, 1775
Distribution
Continents:

Eurasia
Europe
North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain)), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland)), West Europe (Austria, France (South France (Corsica)), Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg)), South Europe (Italy (South Italy, Italy Islands (Sicily, Sardinia), North Italy), Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal)), Central Europe (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia), Slovakia), Southeast Europe (Romania, Bulgaria, Greece (Aegean Islands (Crete)), Yugoslavia (Croatia, Slovenia), Albania), East Europe (Ukraine)
Asia
South Asia (Afghanistan), Far East (East Asia (Mongolia)), West Asia (Near East (Turkey))
Russia
Oceania
Australasia
Australia (East Australia (Queensland, New South Wales))
Polynesia
American Samoa
America
North America
USA
Africa
North Africa
Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco


Ecozones: Palaearctic, Nearctic

CountriesAfghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Taxonomic statusSynonymus of Anthrenus (Anthrenus) oceanicus
Links and ReferencesAnthrenus pimpinellae in bie.ala.org.au
Anthrenus pimpinellae in itis.gov
Anthrenus pimpinellae in dyntaxa.se
Anthrenus pimpinellae in Wikipedia (English)

Description of images / photos
Photography with Cameras
Nikon D3x, Nikon D300, Canon 50D
Image editing with Photoshop
1. Anthrenus pimpinellae - Front view
2. Anthrenus pimpinellae
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Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderHolometabola
Holometabolous Insects
OrderColeoptera
Beetles, Coleopterans
SuborderPolyphaga
Polyphags
InfraorderBostrichiformia
SuperfamilyBostrichoidea
Carpet Beetles, Powder-post Beetles, Death-watch Beetles
FamilyDermestidae
Skin beetles, Dermestid beetles, Museum beetles, Carpet beetles, Hide beetles, Larder beetles, Dermestids
SubfamilyAnthreninae
TribeAnthrenini
SubtribeAnthrenina
GenusAnthrenus
Carpet beetles, Museum Beetles
SubgenusAnthrenus
Carpet beetles, Museum Beetles
Speciespimpinellae
Anthrenus pimpinellae
Bird Nest Carpet Beetle
AuthorFabricius, 1775
 
Synonyms
Anthrenus pimpinellae niveipennis
 
Subspecies
Anthrenus pimpinellae incertus
Anthrenus pimpinellae isabellinae
Anthrenus pimpinellae isabellinus
Anthrenus pimpinellae mroczkowskii
Anthrenus pimpinellae niveipennis
Anthrenus pimpinellae pimpinellae
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