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Spider beetles

From: Jan Erik Bergh <jeb>
Date: Thursday, November 26, 1998
Cathy Aster <aster [at] hoover__stanford__edu> writes

>Has anyone had a problem with a spider beetle infestation in a
>library/archive collection storage area?.......

There was an answer to this question dealing with spiders. Spider
beetles (Coleoptera: Ptinidae) are, in contrast to the spiders,
insects, although the adult beetles look almost like spiders at a
quick glance. There are several species and they are distributed all
over the word. The larvae can eat almost everything including fur,
feathers, plants, seed and insect collections. Many (all?) species
will make a small cavity in hard material, wood, books etc when the
larva goes into the pupal stage.

Jan-Erik Bergh
Swedish working group PRE-MAL

                  Conservation DistList Instance 12:48
                 Distributed: Monday, November 30, 1998
                       Message Id: cdl-12-48-009
Received on Thursday, 26 November, 1998

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