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Identifying A Bug?

A small brown/black bug.Does anyone know what this bug is? It's brown/black with white spots. I can't seem to find it anywhere. We have found one at a time around the house, every day or so. Can anyone help? Location UK

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A small brown/black bug.
 
A small brown/black bug.
 
A small brown/black bug.
 

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May 14, 20210 found this helpful
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I believe this might be a 6-spot ground beetle (sometimes called Domino beetle). The spots near the neck (thorax) may have merged -- entirely natural. While your photo is very good for detail, it's hard to gauge the size. The 6-spot (Anthia sexguttata) adult females can be as large as 1.5 cm. Please see this page for photos: www.inaturalist.org/.../browse_photos. Good picture of larva at: en.wikipedia.org/.../File:Anthia_sexguttata_larva.JPG

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May 14, 20210 found this helpful

I neglected to add that the 6-pot beetle originates in southeast Asia. I'm not familiar with U.K. invasive species watch list but thought to mention.

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May 14, 20210 found this helpful

Hi thanks, it does look similar, however this bug is very small, no where near the size of the 6-spoted beetle.

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May 15, 20210 found this helpful
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It looks like you have the 6-spotted spider beetle and it is fairly common in the UK.
www.animal.photos/.../spid-6spot.htm

You can find ways to DIY and eliminate these bugs yourself or you can check with any local store that sells insecticides about something to fill these bugs.

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These are normally outdoor bugs but may feed on pantry goods the same as most other types of beetles.
They may also be in your closets.
You are probably seeing young bugs as adults are larger.
Adults measure approximately 4 cm (1.5 inches), are black with six relatively large, white, dorsal spots. Other patterns are possible although the pattern is always symmetrical.

Here are some links pertaining to the 6-spotted spider beetle:
en.wikipedia.org/.../Ptinus_sexpunctatus
www.northwestinvertebrates.org.uk/.../
bugguide.net/.../1223766

Here are suggestions for getting rid of beetles:
www.orkin.com/.../whitemarked-spider-beetles

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May 16, 20210 found this helpful

Ah ha! Yes this looks like it! Thank you so much!! It has put my mind to rest it's not a carpet beetle lol

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May 24, 20210 found this helpful
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erinleestewart is absolutely right. This is Six-spotted Spider Beetle - Ptinus sexpunctatus, one of the spider beetles, so-called because of their long legs and roundish bodies, although in this particular species the body is less rounded than in some other members of the genus. It is very small (2-4.5-5.5 mm) with brown (varies from light to dark brown, sometimes a little darker) pitted elytra marked with pale creamy patches. This tiny beetle has the distinction of having previously been discovered in the nests of bees. Most often seen in summer.

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It feeds on decaying insects.
In the U.K. it is locally common through Wales and southern England.
This beetle is also periodically found in throughout Europe north to Scandinavia and east to Siberia. First recorded in North America in 2003, is thought to have been accidentally introduced along with solitary bees imported as pollinators www.ukbeetles.co.uk/ptinus-sexpunctatus
The six-spotted spider beetle has been generally associated with pine forests, although more sightings have occurred indoors. en.wikipedia.org/.../Ptinus_sexpunctatus

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May 14, 20210 found this helpful

It could be a carpet beetle. Vacuum thoroughly and empty the bag outside. Spray an insecticide.

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May 15, 20210 found this helpful

I have looked at lots of photos of carpet beetles, as we thought it was that, but it appears to have a longer body that carpet beetles. Thanks.

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May 14, 20210 found this helpful

It may be a tiger beetle. They come in many spotted colors. Does it run really fast?

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May 15, 20210 found this helpful

No it flies?

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May 15, 20210 found this helpful

This is from the Dermestidae family- better known as a Varied Carpet Beetle. They love clothe fibers and animal matter.

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May 16, 20210 found this helpful

I'm fairly certain this is a six-spot spider beetle:

bugguide.net/.../1223766

Here is some quick info on them:

Are spider beetles harmful?

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Yes, spider beetles bite, but no, spider beetles are not dangerous. A spider beetle bite is not known to be harmful to people or pets, nor do they spread any diseases. They don't damage your belongings either, but they are known for infesting food products, which can be harmful to those products and make them unusable.May 13, 2014

How Do I Get Rid of American Spider Beetles?
Clean up - Throw away all infested food.
Vacuum - Vacuum pantry and cabinet shelves thoroughly. This will remove any food residue that larvae might eat. ...
Practice good food storage habits - Store new food products in sealed containers.

Hope this helps.

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