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(Anthrenus Verbasci)

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Confused flour beetle

Latin
Tribolium confusum

Stats
Adult beetle length 3 – 4.5 mm

Appearance
The shape is elongated; the antennae have a gradual five segmented club. Easily mistaken for the rust-red flour beetle, which has distinct three clubbed antennae. The cylindrical wiry larva is 4 to 5 mm long when fully grown and is white tinged with yellow. It has a pair of immovable projections, urogomphi, on the final abdominal segment.

Carpet beetle

Latin
Anthrenus spp

Stats
Adult beetle length 3 mm

Appearance
The varied carpet beetle and the museum beetle are the most commonly encountered by pest controllers. They have a speckled appearance which arises because of the many scales which cover the elytra and the prothorax which are black, white and yellow giving a spotted appearance.

Appearance

  • Rook (Corvus Frugilegus) and Carrion (Corvus Corone) are very similar, both circa. 46cm long head to tail. Rook has a bare face patch whilst carrion crows have a purplish gloss to their plumage and baggy thigh feathers
  • Hooded crow (Corvus Cornix) is the same size and shape as carrion crow however has a light grey body with a black head
  • Jackdaw (Corvus Monedula) is smaller at only approx. 33cm in length with a grey nape
  • Raven (Corvus Corax) is the largest UK corvid at circa. 64cm in length with a heavier appearance and deep call
  • Magpie (Pica Pica) is the only large black and white bird with a noticeably long tail

Habits

  • Rooks, Carrions and Jackdaws are all very communal birds living in flocks and are often seen together
  • Hooded crows are usually seen in pairs and nest singly. Occurs in Northern Scotland and Ireland
  • Ravens favour hilly country particularly cliffs and mountains. Usually a seen singularly or in pairs though have been known to flock at times. Generally found in Scotland, Wales and SW England
  • Magpies are sometimes seen in flocks though more commonly in singles or pairs. Frequent areas with scattered trees and shrubs, recently becoming a common urban species

Life Cycle

  • Most members of the crow family reach sexual maturity around 3 years for females and 5 years for males
  • Clutch sizes vary from 3 to 9 eggs with a nesting period of 20 to 40 days
  • Most crows will pair for life
  • Life expectancy of up to 20 years though can be more.

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