Varied Carpet Beetle Anthrenus verbasci

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Classification Order: Coleoptera– Long Horns Family: Dermestidae

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Length 2 to 3 mm.

Phenology April to September.


Possess a mottled pattern of pale beige and darker blackish markings, although both patterning and range of colours vary.

Life Cycle

Small and colourful beetle can be a serious household pest. Its larvae, known as 'woolly bears' feed on natural fibres including carpets and clothing. Away from humans, the adult beetles often lay eggs in bird nests but they commonly get into houses and lay eggs under carpets or in cupboards. Larval devlopment can take up to three years to develop into adults. Other larval foods include dead insects and spiders.



Dermestidae - Anthrenus verbasci

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Anthrenus verbasci 2 (aka)

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