Carpet Beetle

Category: NOLI
Minimum Life Cycle: Six months.
Distribution: Worldwide; not injurious to stored grain or grain products.
Eggs - Deposited on animal substances, such as wool or fur.
Larvae - Feed mostly on animal substances.
Adults - Found in warehouses.

Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus scrophulariae). The carpet beetle is one of a group of dermestid beetles that are destructive to wool, leather, silk, fur, and other animal products. The adult stage will feed on flower nectar and pollen. There is usually a one year life cycle. The larvae are active crawlers and the adults fly well. The insect occurs worldwide (Figure 18).

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illustration of a carpet beetle

Figure 18. Carpet beetle.