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Australian Spider Beetle

Ptinus tectus


  • Adult — 1/16" - 3/16" in length. Covered in brown and golden hairs. Spider-like appearance when viewed from above.
  • Larva — often found feeding on miscellaneous debris. Bores into various inedible materials prior to pupation.


  • 3 - 4 months at 20 - 25°C.


  • Will feign death if disturbed. Active in dark, damp places. Often linked to birds nests.

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