Variegated Carpet Beetle Anthrenus verbasci

Variegated Carpet Beetle
Variegated Carpet Beetle
Variegated Carpet Beetle
The Variegated Carpet Beetle is a small beetle with, as its name indicates, a variegated pattern - not always immediately visible due to its small size.
Variegated Carpet Beetle
Variegated Carpet Beetle
Variegated Carpet Beetle
It is a domestic pest species since its larvae eat fibres including clothes, carpets, furnishings, book bindings and museum display items. Its job is to recycle debris.
Variegated Carpet Beetle
Variegated Carpet Beetle
Variegated Carpet Beetle
It is only some 3mm length (the above scale is half mm). Its patterns vary.
Variegated Carpet Beetle underside
Variegated Carpet Beetle underside
Variegated Carpet Beetle wings
The underside is well-protected (carpeted). The adult is winged and will fly in open windows to lay eggs.
Variegated Carpet Beetle legs
Variegated Carpet Beetle larva
Variegated Carpet Beetle larva
It is the tiny, hairy larvae that do the damage.