Anthrenus verbasci

Varied Carpet Beetle

Anthrenus verbasci, Varied Carpet Beetle photo





Family: Dermestidae

Subfamily: Megatominae

Length: 2-3 mm


Anthrenus verbasci adults are seen on Apple and other flowers in the Spring. The larvae feed on fur and feathersor in the human environs, on wool and other textiles. They may cause considerable damage to rugs.

Anthrenus verbasci was introduced to the United States some years ago, and now has a widespread distribution.

Another Anthrenus species widespread in West Virginia is Anthrenus scrophulariae, pictured below:

Insects of West Virginia