Varied Carpet Beetle - Anthrenus verbasci


Adults are 2 to 3 mm long and have a mottled pattern of pale beige and darker blackish markings, although both patterning and range of colours vary.

Identification difficulty

In houses searching out sites to lay eggs under carpets etc. Adults also feed on flower pollen whilst searching for a mate.

Life History

This small but colourful beetle can be a serious household pest. Its larvae, known as 'woolly bears' feed on natural fibres including carpets and clothing. Away from humans, the adult beetles often lay eggs in bird nests but they commonly get into houses and lay eggs under carpets or in cupboards. The larvae can take up to three years to develop into adults. Amongst other favoured larval foods are dead insects and spiders.

UK Status

Widespread records from England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 36 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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