Furniture carpet beetle

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Furniture carpet beetle Anthrenus flavipes

Description

A mottled black, white, and yellow beetle, Anthrenus flavipes. The furniture carpet beetle larvae can digest keratin and primarily eats proteinaceous materials, such as wool, silk,fur, hair, horn, skin, leather, and feathers. The adult insects are about 2 to 3.5 millimeters long. Females lay up to 100 eggs that hatch in 1-3 weeks. The furniture carpet beetle larvae have a dark brown body with yellow tufts and can grow in length to 5 mm. The larval stage lasts 2-3 months at which point a cocoon is formed. The adult hatches in 2-3 weeks and lives for up to 60 days.

Furniture carpet beetle

Additional Information

University of Florida, Department of Entomology and Nematology: Furniture carpet beetle

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Lynda A. Zycherman, J.Richard Schrock, A Guide to Museum Pest Control, FAIC and Association of Systematics Collections, Washington DC, 1988 Comment: eggs hatch in 15-18 days; larval stage is 112 to 384 days; adults live 32 to 200 days

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