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Carpet beetle with nasty rug burn? - Anthrenus lepidus

Carpet beetle with nasty rug burn? - Anthrenus lepidus
Riley Wilderness Park, Coto De Caza, Orange County, California, USA
April 4, 2007
Looks like a carpet beetle. Then again, it doesn't. I'm guessing it is, but badly scuffed.

Moved from Carpet Beetles.

opinion of Andreas Herrmann
"A. lepidus color variation"

Thanks, v, for researching this for me and getting the ID.

pls move to the sp. page

Will do with this and others.
I tend to do things like this in batches, once I've cleared tagged images.

probably one of the rarer species
. . . pattern is visible, scuffled only where black. Anthrenus parvus?

Interesting; thanks, Boris.
Just posted another one I thought was "scuffed".

Moved from Carpet Beetles.

somewhat scuffed
It appears this one's light-colored scales or setae where naturally sparse. I don't think scuffing would selectively remove light-colored ones and leave just the rusty ones.

Badly scuffed ;-)
Perhaps the patterning and antennae suggest an Anthrenus. Many Dermestids are covered in fine scales that off easily, often revealing a black exoskeleton beneath.

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