Anthrenus verbasci

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Anthrenus verbasci (click on image to enlarge it)
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Author: André Karwath
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Anthrenus verbasci (Linnaeus, 1767) - (varied carpet beetle)

This carpet beetle is widely distributed and is common in homes and museums, especially in temperate regions. It breeds in animal products like wool, fur, silk, skins, feathers, as well as in museum collections, destroying dried animal specimens. For management options see Querner (2015). The adults visit flowers, feeding on pollen and nectar. Outside buildings, they breed in nests of birds and mammals and other dry places where they can find animal products.

The life cycle can extend over 2 years and more (Miyazaki et al., 2009). The adults are 2-3 mm long, black with white, yellowish and dark-brown scales. On the elytra, the white scales are arranged in 2 or 3 cross bands. The larvae grow up to a length of 5 mm and are covered with long hair.

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: gescheckter Teppichkäfer
• English: varied carpet beetle
• Français: anthrène bigarré des tapis