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Carpet Beetle - Anthrenus verbasci

Carpet Beetle - Anthrenus verbasci
Searcy County, Arkansas, USA
May 9, 2007

Moved from furniture carpet beetle.
Reasons are explained here , distinguishing characters found on species pages, respectively.

for getting that species designation corrected ... Marvin.

Is this size variation common?
I just shot a pair in MD, which I'll post later, and was puzzled by the difference in size.

Marvin and Jo, do you have a feel for which was of the above is the more "normal" size carpet beetle? (In my case, it was the smaller.)

I don't really know which size carpet beetle is more common. The day I shot this image there were several of these ox-eyed daises with groups of carpet beetles on them, some had just a couple of beetles on them while others had a half dozen or so. The two in this image are more or less the largest and smallest of the lot. A less severely cropped version of the image is here if you want to have a look at the size variation among five beetles. (Marvin)

Sized like olives! Colossal, queen, etc., etc.
Thanks for the info. The second from the right on your linked photo is what I'd call "normal". I've shot dozens of them and saw around ten the day I photographed my most recent.

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