A conversation with… a vodka beetle

This is Part 3 of our series on pests that eat museum collections. We often find the odd vodka beetle larva on our pest traps, but we’ve noticed a few more adult vodka beetles around the Fitzwilliam Museum this year. Conversation with… a vodka beetle Drink? No, thanks. You have an interesting name… I’m actually a brown carpet beetle.  My full… Read full article

When is a fish not a fish?

Continuing our series on pests, we are now turning our attention to the silverfish.  These are often found lurking in the corners of the Fitzwilliam Museum, and, if left undisturbed, they can cause significant damage to a lot of our collections. Conversation with…a silverfish You’re not in water… True.  Can you see why I would be called a silverfish though?… Read full article

A conversation with… a woolly bear

Woolly bears are not an uncommon sight in museums.  As part of the pest management programme at the Fitzwilliam Museum, we have to keep an eye on numbers as they can cause a lot of irreversible damage to some of the collections. We thought it’d be a good idea to get to know them a bit better: You’re not very… Read full article