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National Insect Week returns in 2020

Shining spider beetle

Mezium gibbum – (family Ptinidae)

As their common name suggests, ptinid beetles have the appearance of small spiders. The peculiar-looking Mezium gibbum has very shiny translucent wing-cases that resemble a bead of condensation. Although it is usually found indoors feeding on accumulations of dust and fluff, its natural habitat is in mammal and bird nests where it feeds on hair and feathers.

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Tiny fairies

Fairy wasps are the smallest known insects, the tiniest species is only 0.139 mm long.

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