Friday Beetle Blogging: Anthrenus verbasci

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Anthrenus verbasci

The varied carpet beetle Anthrenus verbasci is perhaps the most common coleopteran in North America. That doesn’t stop it from being pretty. This individual was one of about 500 having a rolicking Anthrenus convention in our chives.


photo details:
Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x lens on a Canon EOS 7D
ISO 100, f/13, 1/250 sec, diffuse twin flash

6 thoughts on “Friday Beetle Blogging: Anthrenus verbasci”

  1. Michael Suttkus, II

    I love these guys. It took me years to figure out what they were, but I always liked finding them (typically on my windowsill) when I was growing up. So pretty and so tiny!

  2. James.C. Trager

    I should know this, but is this one different from the evil creatures whose larvae eat my collection and force me to work in a naphthalene-saturated atmosphere?

  3. It looks like the one most infamous for eating insect collections is Anthrenus museorum, but I had a bunch of the Anthrenus verbasci infesting an old hornet nest on my desk last winter, so they obviously go after insect residues too. Probably all of the Anthrenus species would be more than happy to destroy your collection.

  4. I was actually wanting to get some to eat the dead flesh off of my roadkill animals that I am trying to retrieve the bones of. Is it legal in Australia. Is there a better way?

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