Subject: Varied Carpet Beetle
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
I took these pictures and was going to send them to see if you could help me identify the bug; my girlfriend has lived longer in the area, and was acquainted with them (although she knows them by the unofficial name ”Spring bugs”, as they appear at the beginning of the Spring).
Alas, when I opened the website, a photo that was highlighted on the homepage struck me as familiar: the bug I was looking for is the varied carpet beetle. So, with the identification solved thanks to your website (without requiring your direct intervention), here are the pictures I took. You may use them however you want, as long as you credit me ( as ”jcraveiro” ) – which is basically a CC by-sa ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ ) license.
We are happy to hear you were able to easily identify your Varied Carpet Beetle using our website. We have since removed the featured Carpet Beetle posting, but as we are continuing to get numerous identification requests for Carpet Beetles, we will use your letter as the new featured posting. Varied Carpet Beetles are common cosmopolitan household pests, and though the adults feed on pollen, the larvae feed on a large variety of organic materials in the home. according to BugGuide: “larvae scavenge on accumulated fur, feathers, skin flakes, dead insects, etc. keratine- or chitin-rich materials; adults feed on pollen on flowers. Typical household products consumed include dry pet food, wool blankets/clothes, furs, and hair and skin flakes shed by people and pets and accumulated in the corners.” We are using your photo in both a cropped (to give a better view of the Varied Carpet Beetle) and an uncropped form (to better give an idea of scale).