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Common Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus scrophulariae)

Common carpet beetle of the skin beetles family mainly inhabits parts of Europe and the Middle East. The larvae of this species cause immense damage to carpets, alongside fabrics and specimens preserved in the museum, resulting in their name.

Common Carpet Beetle

Scientific Classification

  • Family: Dermestidae
  • Genus: Anthrenus
  • Scientific name: Anthrenus scrophulariae

Physical Description and Identification

Adult

Size: 2.5 – 3.8 mm (0.09 – 0.14 inches)

Color: The adult beetles have contrasting colors, with a black head, and thorax. The latter has white scales scattered all over alongside a large midline. The black elytra also have a combination of reddish to orangish scales adjacent to the midline. Otherwise, the scales appear white and remain symmetrically arranged throughout. However, the scales eventually fade away with age, making the older beetles look slightly different in coloration than the younger adults.

Anthrenus scrophulariae

Other Characteristic Features: They have an oval body, and the head mostly remains concealed under the prothorax.

Larva

Common Carpet Beetle Larvae

The larva appears brown, going through a six-instar stage before maturing into a pupa. In the final stage, these beetles turn reddish-brown, covered with dark hairs all over.

Pupa

Pupation takes place in the final skin of the larva, and the pupa would occur in the spot where the larva was feeding last, like on carpets or even inside the floor’s cracks.

Egg

The small-sized eggs appear white, along with projections, helping them to stick to the rough surface of the carpet or other fabric.

Quick Facts

Other NamesBuffalo carpet beetle
LifespanAbout six weeks
DistributionMiddle East and parts of Europe
HabitatMostly inside homes on the floor, upon carpets; closets; lofts; and even in museums
Seasons active fromNot recorded
Damage caused on    Carpets, fabrics, museum specimens
Diet  of larvae and adultsLarvae: Animal fibers causing damage to fabrics, carpets, and museum specimen
Adults: Nectar and pollen
Buffalo Carpet Beetle

Identifying the Damage Caused by Them

The larva causes immense damage to the carpets and fabric by making irregular holes in them. They even destroy museum specimens by eating them up.

One of the various measures to control their infestation is vacuuming and dusting carpets well, alongside dry cleaning and washing the clothes.

Did You Know

  • Carl Linnaeus described this species for the first time in 1758.
Common Carpet Beetle Picture

Image Source: arthropodafotos.de, alchetron.com, lh3.googleusercontent.com, live.staticflickr.com, ukrbin.com

Common carpet beetle of the skin beetles family mainly inhabits parts of Europe and the Middle East. The larvae of this species cause immense damage to carpets, alongside fabrics and specimens preserved in the museum, resulting in their name.

Common Carpet Beetle

Physical Description and Identification

Adult

Size: 2.5 – 3.8 mm (0.09 – 0.14 inches)

Color: The adult beetles have contrasting colors, with a black head, and thorax. The latter has white scales scattered all over alongside a large midline. The black elytra also have a combination of reddish to orangish scales adjacent to the midline. Otherwise, the scales appear white and remain symmetrically arranged throughout. However, the scales eventually fade away with age, making the older beetles look slightly different in coloration than the younger adults.

Anthrenus scrophulariae

Other Characteristic Features: They have an oval body, and the head mostly remains concealed under the prothorax.

Larva

Common Carpet Beetle Larvae

The larva appears brown, going through a six-instar stage before maturing into a pupa. In the final stage, these beetles turn reddish-brown, covered with dark hairs all over.

Pupa

Pupation takes place in the final skin of the larva, and the pupa would occur in the spot where the larva was feeding last, like on carpets or even inside the floor’s cracks.

Egg

The small-sized eggs appear white, along with projections, helping them to stick to the rough surface of the carpet or other fabric.

Quick Facts

Other NamesBuffalo carpet beetle
LifespanAbout six weeks
DistributionMiddle East and parts of Europe
HabitatMostly inside homes on the floor, upon carpets; closets; lofts; and even in museums
Seasons active fromNot recorded
Damage caused on    Carpets, fabrics, museum specimens
Diet  of larvae and adultsLarvae: Animal fibers causing damage to fabrics, carpets, and museum specimen
Adults: Nectar and pollen
Buffalo Carpet Beetle

Identifying the Damage Caused by Them

The larva causes immense damage to the carpets and fabric by making irregular holes in them. They even destroy museum specimens by eating them up.

One of the various measures to control their infestation is vacuuming and dusting carpets well, alongside dry cleaning and washing the clothes.

Did You Know

  • Carl Linnaeus described this species for the first time in 1758.
Common Carpet Beetle Picture

Image Source: arthropodafotos.de, alchetron.com, lh3.googleusercontent.com, live.staticflickr.com, ukrbin.com

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