(Anthrenus verbascci)

The varied carpet beetle tends to feed on pollen and nectar, but its larvae, the Woolly bear, eat fibres like carpets, clothing, furniture. Can be responsible for the same amount of damage to clothing and carpets as the Common clothes moth.

These insects got through a complete metamorphosis life cycle.

The adults range from 2-4 mm long, oval-shaped and have white, black and yellow coloured scales on their back creating various patterns, hence the name. As the beetle ages, the patterns will look dappled These insects have powerful forewings making the varied carpet beetle capable of flying from plant to flower looking for food and egg laying opportunities. 

Biology

The females will lay up to 100 creamy/white coloured eggs that are around 0.5mm long, these are attached to a material with a sticky secretion produced from the female's glands.

The larvae (Woolly bear) emerge 2-4 weeks later and start feeding on the fabric. The adults will live for around 2-6 weeks.

 

Food

You will often find the adults on plants and flowers, the adults will fly and feed on pollen provided by the flowers in your garden. Larvae (Woolly Bear), will feed on textiles that originate from animals e.g. silk, wool, feathers, leathers and furs to mention a few.

 

Habitat

Varied Carpet Beetle

Description

Larvae can be found within carpets, tucked away in dark areas, where old fibres, carpets etc may be found. Larvae may also be found in the nest of other insects and birds nests. Adults can be found either indoors or outdoors, and will frequently fly. 

They can cause expensive damage to carpets, clothes and other textiles.

Larvae will often shed their skin, making it look like there is more of an infestation than there is.

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(Anthrenus verbascci)

The Varied carpet beetle is indigenous to Europe.

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