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Wee Wee*vil? No, Carpet Beetle. - Anthrenus verbasci

Wee Wee*vil? No, Carpet Beetle. - Anthrenus verbasci
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton, Orange County, California, USA
April 29, 2006
Size: approx. 3mm
These tend to be on the outside edge of petals, and they stay there as opposed to so many tiny insects that quickly head for the hidden side. They're generally on medium to large flowers, often several insects on the same blossom.

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Wee Wee*vil? No, Carpet Beetle. - Anthrenus verbasci Wee Wee*vil? No, Carpet Beetle. - Anthrenus verbasci


Moved from Anthrenus.

Thanks, Jim
This is the first time I've been at the site in the early part of the year, and I'm very pleased at how more and more of my stuff is getting better and better identification.

Me too
I've reached out to experts in a dozen counties to have a look at a few of our groups. It's gratifying to see how many have lent a hand. I hope some will bookmark bugguide vfor return visits on their own.

Carpet Beetle?
I'm certainly no beetle expert, but I've seen enough of these IDed lately to be pretty sure you've got carpet beetles in the Family Dermestidae, most likely the genus Anthrenus.

The adults eat pollen, so they hang out in flowers- but the larvae eat dead things. In the wild they're found on dead animals, feathers in bird's nests, and the like. Indoors they eat wool, leather, fur, museum specimens and insect collections (entomologists alternately loathe and worry about them).

That said, they're kind of pretty, with a sort of Southwestern-rug color scheme.

I vaguely recall seeing carpet beetles similar to this
Oddly enough, I have another specimen with same coloration and size but a more "wee*vil-like" head. Maybe I'll post that later.(Photos aren't too good.)

Guess it's appropriate that a rug eater looks likes its background. I do like the colors on this guy. An aside: An abstract impressionist artist friend looked over my shots and picked several as palettes for future projects. Among her selections were a Common Buckeye and a couple syrphids. Monarch caterpillar would be nice, too.

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