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  Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci)





Varied Carpet Beetle | Anthrenus verbasci photo
Varied Carpet Beetle

Image by André Karwath aka Aka - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Varied Carpet Beetle | Anthrenus verbasci photo
Varied Carpet Beetle larva

Image by André Karwath aka Aka - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



INSECT FACTS

Identification
The Varied Carpet Beetle is an introduced pest species. It is a small beetle with rounded body patterned with dark brown and white blotched bands. The beetle can be a serious household pest. It feeds on natural fibers and can damage carpets, furniture and clothing. Infestations can be prevented by regular cleaning and using naphthalene balls (moth balls) in closets. Serious infestations may need pesticide treatment.

Size
adult 2mm - 3.5mm long

Food
The Varied Carpet Beetle larva feeds on natural fibers and can cause damage to carpets, furniture and clothing.

Breeding
Adult beetles lay their eggs in undisturbed places such as cupboards, under furniture, or under floorboards . The larvae hide and feed on organic material such as furniture, clothes and carpets. It is a common pest in museums



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Coleoptera
Family:Dermestidae
Genus:Anthrenus
Species:verbasci
Common Name:Varied Carpet Beetle

Relatives in same Genus
  Museum Beetle (A. museorum)