Carpet Beetle
Species Anthrenus lepidus


carpet beetle
This Carpet Beetle differs from the other one in pattern and the fact that it has two spots
on the pale part of the body we laymen would call shoulders (the experts call it the
pronotum).  © Carol Davis, 5-31-2009, Antelope Island


anthrenus lepidus
Antelope Island is the only place I have found this species of Carpet Beetle.  According
to Wikipedia, the adult beetle feeds on pollen and the larva feeds on dead plant and animal
matter. Other species of carpet beetles, like Anthrenus Museorum, are notorious for
destroying museum collections (like pinned insects).   © Carol Davis, 5-31-2009

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