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Concerned a little
February 18, 2010
Hi,
I’m not a bug enthusiast by any means so I have no idea what this bug is. It seems to look like a minute lady bug-like insect. Colors seem speckled with gray and dark red/brown with wings. Tentacles too.
It must have fallen on to me at some point during the day as it fell out of my hair when I rinsed my face. It fell into the sink. I have no idea how it got on to me. That day I was painting indoors and had a hat on most of the day except when I ran out, but was painting a very old dirty room, maybe it was in there.
this was 2 days ago.
It was below freezing.
This couldn’t carry a disease right?
Thanks for your help
nycreptile
NY/CT

Carpet Beetle

Dear nycreptile,
This is a Carpet Beetle in the genus Anthrenus, a common household insect.  It does not carry disease, but they may cause considerable damage to wool, fur, feathers and natural history collections.

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