Buffalo 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 5.5 mm. The larval period ranges from 60 to 80 days.
- For further information, see MuseumPest.net identification sheet: Buffalo Carpet Beetle
Synonyms and Related Terms
Anthrenus scrophulariae; Common carpet beetle
Physical and Chemical Properties
- Distribution: Worldwide
- Adult color: black with white patches on body and central orange band
- Adult size: 2.5-3.5 mm
- Adult lifespan: up to 1 month
Resources and Citations
- Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: Dermetstid beetle. Retrieved May 26, 2003.
- Lynda A. Zycherman, J.Richard Schrock, A Guide to Museum Pest Control, FAIC and Association of Systematics Collections, Washington DC, 1988