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Varied carpet beetle (Anthrenus verbasci)


The approx. 3 mm long varied carpet beetle is brightly marked. The wing cases are decorated by white, yellowish and brown patterns. The light-shy, light brown larvae are up to 5 mm long with long bunches of setae at the posterior end. After hatching, the beetles are attracted to light and are often found near windows. In spring and summer they are often observed feeding on pollen in the open countryside. The females then return to rooms to lay the eggs. Closely related species such as the museum beetle (Anthrenus museorum) or common carpet beetle (Anthrenus scrophulariae), are very similar to the varied carpet beetle in their development, habitus and the damage they cause.


Since the beetle larvae feed mainly on products from animal sources such as wool, hair, feathers, dead birds and insects, furs, bones and leather, they cause considerable damage to textiles, furs, etc. They can also cause significant damage to stuffed animals (museum specimens) and insect collections.