Anthrenus verbasci (Linnaeus, 1767)Edit

Arthropods (Arthropoda)---Insects (Insecta)---Beetles (Coleoptera)---Longhorn, scarab, rove, water, leaf and snout beetles (Polyphaga)---Carpet, Powder-post and Death-watch beetles (Bostrichoidea)---Carpet beetles and allies (Dermestidae)---Anthrenus---Anthrenus verbasci
Varied carpet beetle

25th June, 2008.

The Varied carpet beetle can spend up to 3 years as a larva, the eggs are laid in bird nests, clothing and carpets (if available). The larvae hide in darker areas of homes and feed on organic material, and can damage clothing, furs, furniture and carpets. These are also a common pest in museums were they feed on parts of animal specimens. Larvae of a similar species, the Black carpet beetle, have long "tails".


Adults 3-4mm.
Varied carpet beetle, larva

Larva found in Britain.

Varied carpet beetle, larva2