Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Varied Carpet Beetle.
Updated: 6/19/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The multicolored Varied Carpet Beetle is a tiny indoor anomaly that is often seen on furniture, curtains and carpet.
Adults can be found outdoors where they feed on pollen from a variety of flowers. Their larvae, however, can become pests inside homes as well as in universities. They feed on many household items: clothing made from natural fibers (wool, silk, cotton), carpets (hence their name), linens (tablecloths, napkins, curtains), woolen items (rugs, sweaters, socks) and even breakfast cereal. Larvae prefer eating dead bugs and spiders. Because of this, Varied Carpet Beetle larvae have decimated specimen collections in stored in many science departments and museums.