Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Carpet Beetles

Carpet Beetles

Carpet Beetle, Anthrenus Verbasci
Adults are 2-4 mm long and variable black or brown with mottled yellow or white markings. A pest primarily in the home, food and museum sectors.

Mating occurs immediately after emergence. the female produces up to 100 eggs over a period of 2 weeks. Larvae development lasts for 10-30 days. Larvae forms (Woolly Bear) can reach 4-5 mm in size before pupation and can cause considerable damage to products such as wool, fur, leather silk and animal skins, and occasionally cereal based food products. Adult carpet beetles usually live outdoors on pollen and nectar, and thrive in situations where they remain undisturbed, such as under carpets, bird and rodent nests and animal remains.


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