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280 days of Urbpandemonium #69

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This is another time where I wasn't sure what I was looking at until I examined the photo later. Another little beetle only 3 mm long or so, and delightfully colorful. What a disappointment to realize it's not only non-native, but moonlights as a household pest.

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Anthrenus verbasci* is also known as the varied carpet beetle (or more correctly, if awkwardly "variegated carpet beetle). Carpet beetles are a group of beetles that specialize on the dry durable tissues of the long dead. A wool carpet is just a big mat of mammal fur, a priceless taxidermy is a tempting balloon of edible skin, a beautiful set of mounted butterflies is a carpet beetle buffet. This species has a taste for plant tissues as well, becoming a pest in flour mills and food storage facilities.

* This name translates to "mullein wasp."

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morgi
Jun. 18th, 2015 12:24 am (UTC)
These guys and clothing moths are the bane of fiber artists everywhere.
buboniclou
Jun. 18th, 2015 12:47 am (UTC)
Tangentially related to bugs, but I think you'd be really enjoying @kylecassidy's LJ these days.
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