Anthrenus verbasci (Linnaeus, 1767)

Majka, Christopher G., 2007, The Derodontidae, Dermestidae, Bostrichidae, and Anobiidae of the Maritime Provinces of Canada (Coleoptera: Bostrichiformia), Zootaxa 1573 (1), pp. 1-38: 14

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Anthrenus verbasci (Linnaeus, 1767)


Anthrenus verbasci (Linnaeus, 1767)  

NOVA SCOTIA: 86 specimens examined from Halifax, Lunenburg , Kings , and Hants counties ( Table 1). The earliest record is from 1948 (Kings Co.: Porter Point, 1.vii.1948, K.D. Archibald, NSMC)   .

An introduced Palearctic species, newly recorded from Nova Scotia and the Maritime Provinces as a whole ( Fig. 5 View FIGURE 5 ). Cosmopolitan; found throughout the USA ( Beal 2003); in Canada recorded from British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Québec (Bousquet 1991). Occasionally found in flour mills and warehouses, however, primarily a household pest; larvae feed on wool, fur, skins, and other materials of animal origin. They also attack insect collections and silkworm cocoons ( Bousquet 1990). In natural circumstances adults feed on the nectar and pollen of species of Heracleum   , Anthriscus   , Aegopodium   , Daucus   ( Apiaceae   ), Achillea   , Anthemis   , and Matricaria   ( Asteraceae   ) where they subsequently mate. Eggs are laid and larvae feed in nests of sparrows, swallows, corvids, starlings, swifts, and pigeons ( Woodroffe & Southgate 1954).


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