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Annual bug ID needed.
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
June 16, 2011 8:27 am
These little beetle-like bugs seem to appear annually in our urban Philadelphia home.
We often see them on their backs, seemingly unable to right themselves. They crawl around otherwise, and we’ve never seen them fly, so I don’t think their capable of flight.
They appear for a month or so, then we don’t see them again for a year.
Thanks for any info you can provide.
Signature: Phrantic in Philly

Maybe Black Carpet Beetle

Dear Phrantic in Philly,
These annual household intruders resemble Black Carpet Beetles, but the photo quality is not ideal.  It seems there is some discrepancy with the shape of the prothorax and the antennae, but we are not certain.  We have requested assistance from Eric Eaton.  Meanwhile, you may read about Black Carpet Beetles on BugGuide.  Black Carpet Beetles are sometimes called Fur Beetles because the larvae damage fur and hide objects, and they can do considerable damage to museum collections.

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Another Ham Beetle?
Location: Outside Anchorage, Alaska
June 10, 2011 7:40 pm
You might hear enough of this, but thank you as always for the friendly and open nature of this website and the easy search engine you have for the fans.
To the point, however; out at a cabin near Anchorage, Alaska, my parents discovered a few beetles on top of their bed and on the windowsill. As they shooed the ones they found outside, I caught one on a book I carry around just for moments like this. The attached photo shows the beetle crawling over the millimeter ruler on the back page, clearly defining its length and providing a fairly good backdrop for close-up examination.
This is where WTB comes in. I had been looking around in bug books for Alaska on just what this beetle might be, until I remember coming to What’s That Bug a while ago with a spider from Bavaria. Using your search engine and getting lucky with a very recent post, I spotted another Alaskan with a similar-looking beetle. I now presume that what I found was a Ham Beetle, and not the Spruce Bark Beetle we feared it was.
Yet again however, I leave the final judging to the friendly experts.
Have fun on your vacation
Signature: Zachary Boyden

Black Carpet Beetle

Dear Zachary,
Thanks for your confidence in us.  We actually believe this is a Black Carpet Beetle,
Attagenus unicolor, a common household pest.  We are going to try to get a second opinion on this identification, meanwhile, you can compare your individual to this image on BugGuide.

Eric Eaton Confirms ID
Sure looks like it to me, Daniel.  Welcome back!

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Small Dark Red Tick-like Bug
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
May 4, 2011 9:28 am
I’ve found 3 of these bugs in my house within the last month (2 in a bathtub and 1 in a closet), but never before. Maybe it’s the warm weather? I thought they were ticks, I have two cats, but their extremely brittle/fragile. I killed the only live one I’ve found by accident when trying to trap it. They have a bulbous body that’s dark red, so I thought it would store blood, but it’s hollow and I can see through it. Thanks for your help and time!
Signature: TC

Spider Beetles

Dear TC,
You have Spider Beetles, a common pest of stored foods.  Check the pantry for the source of the infestation.

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Is this a Beetle
Location: Inside of my house everywhere
April 19, 2011 2:41 pm
I would like to know what kind of bug this is. I have found them in my house, and could you tell me how to get rid of them.
Thank You
Signature: Barbara

Varied Carpet Beetle

Hi Barbara,
We seem to have gotten more requests for the identification of the Varied Carpet Beetle,
Anthrenus verbasci, than we ever remember receiving.  We really like your lateral view.  We will be postdating this entry to go live while we are on holiday later in the week.

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Beetle and Larvae?
Location: Kotzebue, Alaska
April 18, 2011 11:57 pm
I am finding these beetles all over the house on the floor, and I just scooped up 7 or 8 of what I believe to be a larvae stage of the beetle. The worms appear to have six legs and at first I thought they were a type of mealworm but I have been finding these beetles all over the house. I live in northern Alaska, close to Russia and I had the bugs outside in sub-zero temperatures and they are still alive. It is strange to me that even with the extreme cold they are still alive. What can they be? The beetles are black and all have a white stripe halfway down the shell.
Signature: Alaskan

Larder Beetle and Larvae

Dear Alaskan,
You have submitted a photo of a Larder Beetle and Larder Beetle Larvae,
Dermestes lardarius.  These are pests of stored foods but they may also infest museum specimens like stuffed animals.  If they are not in your pantry, you may want to closely inspect your taxidermy specimens like hunting trophies.  We are postdating this entry to go live during our holiday later in the week.

They are not only in the pantry, we have been finding them on the floors on the corners of the wall. Even with the best of insulation it is not un-common for insects and mice to spend the winter within a house’s insulation in our area so I assumed they were just one of our winter visitors waking up for Spring. The ones I caught are still alive and kicking somewhere outside so any future beetles I find are heading outside as well, thank you for the ID!

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What kind of bug is this?
Location: Shoreham, NY
April 6, 2011 9:38 pm
I’ve found several of these little critters all over my house – in the kitchen, in the bathroom, on random walls and on the rugs. They are very sluggish and tend to just sit there making them easy targets to do away with. They are black with a white or brownish band and are about a millimeter long. My home is located in a development which is surrounded by woods and the dirt the area is mostly clay if that helps. I first started seeing them this winter. It was very and very snowy. I saw them again today it had rained both yesterday and this evening. Thank for your help.
Signature: Lost in the Woods

Larder Beetle

Dear Lost,
You have Larder Beetles, a common pest of stored food products that has a cosmopolitan distribution.  Clean out the pantry and you should find the source of the infestation.

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