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Shiny spider beetle

Mezium affine

These beetles, like the other members of the Anobiidae family, can easily be mistaken for spiders – hence the name. But they definitely have six legs, not eight. The shiny elytra are orange-brown, and the head, thorax and legs are covered in dense, short hair. They have droplet-shaped bodies 2.5 to 3.5 mm long, and long antennae.

The somewhat crescent-shaped larvae are yellowish and hairy. They measure up to 4.5 mm long.

Drugstore beetle

Stegobium paniceum

These tiny brown oval beetles are 2.2 to 3.5 mm long. They have longitudinal rows of fine hairs on the elytra (wing covers).

They are easily confused with cigarette beetles (Lasioderma serricorne), but their antennae help to tell them apart: the drugstore beetle’s antennae end in a three-segmented club, while those of the cigarette beetle are serrated.

The whitish, crescent-shaped larvae are covered with long hairs and have brown heads. They are up to 4 mm long.

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