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12.02.2016
Trinodes hirtus (F., 1781)
Trinodes hirtus
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The only 1.5 to 2.5 mm large skin beetle Trinodes hirtus (family Dermestidae) is the only representative of the genus in Germany. Worldwide the genus comprises 15 species, most of them in Asia. Trinodes hirtus is distributed from North Africa over Europe to Asia minor, the Caucasus and Turkmenistan. The eurytopic, araneophilous species lives in hollow trees, under loose bark, on the woodwork and window frames of dilapidated buildings. Both beetles and larvae dwell in and around cobwebs, even when the spider is active. They feed on leftovers of insects in the cobwebs. The larvae hibernate and pupate in May. The adult beetles are active from May to August. In Germany Trinodes hirtus is reported in almost all Federal States, but is considered vulnerable (RL 3). (CB)


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