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Species Anthrenus pimpinellae - Bird Nest Carpet Beetle

Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
Superfamily Bostrichoidea (Carpet, Powder-post and Death-watch Beetles)
Family Dermestidae (Carpet Beetles)
Tribe Anthrenini
Genus Anthrenus (Carpet Beetles)
No Taxon (Subgenus Anthrenus)
Species pimpinellae (Bird Nest Carpet Beetle)
Other Common Names
Panda Carpet Beetle
Explanation of Names
Anthrenus pimpinellae (Fabricius 1775)
3 subspecies recognized(1)
2-4.5 mm(2)
Scales of dorsal surface black, white and red (or yellow). White scales forming some small spots, and a wide transverse band in anteriour half of elytra. Eyes notched in front, antennae 11-segmented, with club of 3 segments.
Native to the Palaearctic region, now almost cosmopolitan(2); widespread across the US + BC
indoors and outdoors: larvae in bird nests, adults on flowers in the spring, then move to bird nests or indoors(2)
Adults feed on pollen and nectar; in bird nests, larvae feed on feathers, dead nestlings, or insect remains; indoors, they can damage dried fish, woolens, and other animal materials(2)
Anthrenus pimpinellae of American authors was found being conspecific not with A. pimpinellae (Fabricius 1775) but with A. dorsatus Mulsant & Rey 1868, which is synonymous with A. isabellinus Küster 1848, formerly considered a form/subsp. of A. pimpinellae.

The true A. pimpinellae probably does not occur in North America(3) - guide page may be deleted in a while.