Common carpet beetle

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Carpet beetle


A black beetle, Anthrenus scrophulariae, with white patches and an irregular orange band between its wing covers. The common carpet beetle larvae feed on wool, fur, hair, horn, skins, feathers, and insect specimens. The adult insects are 2.2 to 3.5 mm long and have an adult life span of up to 1 month. The larvae have a dark brown body with setae tufts. They grow in length up to 2.5 to 3.5 mm. The larval period ranges from 60 to 80 days.

Carpet beetle

Synonyms and Related Terms

Anthrenus scrophulariae

Additional Information

L. Zycherman and J.R. Schrock, A Guide to Museum Pest Control, FAIC, Washington, DC, 1988.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Encyclopedia Britannica, Comment: Dermetstid beetle. Retrieved May 26, 2003, from Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service.
  • Lynda A. Zycherman, J.Richard Schrock, A Guide to Museum Pest Control, FAIC and Association of Systematics Collections, Washington DC, 1988