Ptinus sexpunctatus

Ptinus sexpunctatus

This one was a new one on me, and it was a wonder I saw it in the first place. It is only about 3 to 4mm (0.2in) long. It is one of the spider beetles for it has quite long legs. It has distinctive white patches on its wing casings. In the image below it is in a defensive posture with its long antennae tucked in at its sides.

Ptinus sexpunctatus

Apparently this little beetle does the cleaning up, and it feeds on decaying insects. It has been found inside bees nests where it feeds on detritus, and possibly pollen stores for the bee larvae, which may then cause problems for the developing bees.


Rear garden, Staffordshire, England. June 2017.

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14 thoughts on “Ptinus sexpunctatus

  1. Hah! I read the title – Ptinus sexpunctatus – and wondered at first if this was the Hindi Translation of a new position from the Karma Sutra.

    What a clever little beetle. A task for everyone it seems. Mobile organic waste disposal. Isn’t Mother Nature quite wonderful.

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    • Sorry to disappoint you, Ark. I think the sexpunctatus refers to ‘six-spotted’, as it can be referred to as the Six-spotted Spider Beetle. Mother Nature is indeed quite wonderful πŸ™‚

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