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Attagenus pellio


  • Adult — 3/16"–1/4" long. Elongate oval. One small patch of white on each wing case, otherwise red–brown to black.
  • Larva — 1/4" long. Long orange tufts of hair on the last abdominal segment.
  • Larvae have a banded appearance.
  • Pupa — formed in the last larval skin.


  • Mating takes place outdoors after which they fly indoors to lay eggs. Normally one generation per year but development may extend to three years.


  • A common inhabitant of birds nests. Adults feed outdoors often on Spiraea plants.
  • Larvae attack furs, skins, woollens, etc. and stored grain.

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