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Anthrenus scrophulariae (L.)
Carpet Beetle


The beetles are 3-5 mm long and of striking coloration. Wing covers and neck shield have black scales with a white, wavy design. The wing seam, margins and parts of the neck shield have marked red scales. The olive brown larvae have black-brown hairs and grow to a length of 6 mm.

Life History:

Beetles and larvae are found outside as well as inside. The eggs are deposited preferably on animal substances. The life cycle takes approx. 6 months, depending on climatic conditions.


World-wide, mainly in Europe and North America.


The Larvae are found in woolen goods, rugs, upholstered furniture, feathers, etc. Through mass infestation they can cause great damage.

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