Attagenus (genus)

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Attagenus unicolor larva (click on image to enlarge it)
Source: Clemson University - USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series - IPM Images

Attagenus Latreille, 1802 - (carpet beetles)

This genus of dermestid beetles is widely distributed and contains around 200 species. They feed on animal remains like feathers or hairs, also on seeds, and live in nests, houses and museums. Several species are important household and storage pests like the black carpet beetle, Attagenus unicolor. Infested products include wool-textiles, furs, leather, carpets, dried meat or dried fish and stored cereals.

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Pelzkäfer
• English: carpet beetles
fur beetles

Among the characteristics of this genus is an elongated last antennal segment as part of the 3-segmented club and an ocellus in the middle of the forehead of the adult.


Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: