Subject: strange location
Location: Toronto, Ontario
December 9, 2014 11:04 am
I’m hoping you can help me identify these two critters. I live on the 28th floor of a condo building in Toronto. I seem to find these bugs all year round. The first I often find near my patio door (both dead and alive…this one was alive until I caught it for the photo op). It crunched when I squished it. Its about the size of a sesame seed.
The second one I found in the bottom of a laundry basket full of dirty laundry, though I feel like I’ve seen them elsewhere before. It was more wriggly and is about the size of a grain of rice.
I should also mention I’ve found little beetles in my cupboard, which I assumed were something like a grain beetle (though a couple were munching on some rogue chocolate the other day). I wasn’t as concerned about them since their location made sense.
Signature: Thanks! Meg
The “wriggly” larva is that of a Carpet Beetle, and since you have reported adult beetles as well, we are presuming that they are the same species. The adult looks like it might be Attagenus rufipennis based on this image on BugGuide. Carpet Beetles are cosmopolitan household pests. The larvae feed on a variety of organic items found in the home, including stored foods and organic fibers, even wool, fur and feathers. Adults feed on pollen, so finding them near windows makes perfect sense, as does finding them dead. Since they can’t get outside to feed, they die seeking the light.