Ptinus fur (♂) - White-marked spider beetle

body less than 4mm

South Yorkshire, UK.


Thanks to both Florin of the NHM and Paul Leonard - Rotherham BRC for the Id. fur.htm


  • jel 1969 PRO 2y

    The shape, size, look similar to some of the wood boring beetles. About as close to an ID as you'll get from me on this though, probably completely wrong !
  • afterforty‽ PRO 2y

    jel 1969 Thanks, I can see that now.
  • Joe Botting 2y

    Dunno. I thought longhorn at first, but their eyes are normally wrapped around the antennae, and the elytra look wrong. Lovely-looking beetle, though.
  • Joe Botting 2y

    Perhaps a silvanid, something akin to Uleiota..?

    Edit: Just looked at the key, and no, that family won't do.
  • afterforty‽ PRO 2y

    Joe Botting
    Thanks - on this one we think alike. Lovely and quite unusual.
  • Photospool PRO 2y

    fabulous photography of a great beetle
  • George Dunkling 2y

    Well taken. I have never seen one myself
  • afterforty‽ PRO 2y

    Not the most common of beetles:
  • Joe Botting 2y

    Excellent - good to hear the result, and a very nice find. :o)
  • afterforty‽ PRO 2y

    Joe Botting
    Sadly when you google "spider beetle" almost all you get are the pest control companies stoking up business and paranoia.
  • Stevie Smith 2y

    Fascinating find, well spotted and captured.
  • rockwolf PRO 2y

    What a beauty! Excellent find and shot!
  • afterforty‽ PRO 2y

    Strange but I haven't found any other UK pics of this guy on Flickr so far.
  • foetoebare PRO 2y

    Ground-breaking shot!
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Taken on May 27, 2013
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