Subject: What is this
Location: Loveland, Colorado
March 21, 2013 5:01 am
Found this crawling on my pillow last night. The weather here has been warm and cold almost spring but not yet. Think this critter got confused.
This is a Buffalo Carpet Beetle, Anthrenus scrophulariae, one of the most colorful of the household pests in the family Dermestidae. Larvae of Carpet Beetles feed on a wide variety of organic items in the home, including stored foods and textiles composed or organic materials like leather and wool. According to BugGuide: “Adults copulate and feed on the blossoms of white flowers; the females require nectar and pollen to stimulate oviposition, which usually limits indoor infestations. Mated and fed females fly into houses or carried in on flowers. Once inside, or in an animal burrow or nest, the female lays eggs and dies. Larvae feed until the end of the warm season, when most pupate and the remainder overwinter.”