anthrenus definition

  • noun:
    • A genus of small beetles, several of which, in the larval state, are very destructive to woolen goods, fur, etc. The common “museum pest” is Anthrenus varius; the carpet beetle is Anthrenus scrophulariæ. The larvæ are commonly confounded with moths.
    • A notable genus of beetles, for the family Dermestidæ, certain species of which are famous as museum bugs.
    • A genus of small beetles, a number of which, in the larval condition, are particularly destructive to woolen goods, fur, etc. The most popular “museum pest” is Anthrenus varius; the carpeting beetle is Anthrenus scrophulariæ. The larvæ are generally confounded with moths.
    • A notable genus of beetles, regarding the household Dermestidæ, certain types of that are dominant as museum bugs.

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