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Species Attagenus fasciatus - Banded Black Carpet Beetle

Carpet beetle invading my home - Attagenus fasciatus unknown bed bug - Attagenus fasciatus unknown bed bug - Attagenus fasciatus 1019CC - Attagenus fasciatus 1019CC - Attagenus fasciatus
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 Attagenini
Genus Attagenus (Black Carpet Beetles)
Species fasciatus (Banded Black Carpet Beetle)
Other Common Names
Tobacco Seed Beetle, Wardrobe Beetle(1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
gloriosae Fabricius 1798
Explanation of Names
Attagenus fasciatus Thunberg 1795
fasciatus = 'banded'
3.6–5.8 mm(1)
native to the Old World (exact origin unknown, but non-native in Europe(2)), now nearly cosmopolitan in warmer regions; known from a few locations in the US(1)
occurs outdoors and indoors(1)
larvae feed on wool, fur, skins, and other material of animal origin; also known to feed on dried milk, spices, and drugs (in vegetable products, it is scavenging on other insects or the remains of grain insects)(1)
pest of stored food; may be an indoor pest(1)
Internet References - Andreas Herrmann