What is its common & scientific nam
These bugs were found in Hamilton Co., OH 2nd last
week of April, 2008 in my garden on Sweet Woodruff & are very tiny. Can you please ID. Thank you.
Mary Jo White

Hi Mary Jo,
Your photo shows two species of Carpet Beetles in their typical adult environment. Many homemakers find adult Carpet Beetles in the spring on the windowsills of their homes. The larvae feed on natural fibers like wool carpet, pet hair and other similar items found in the home. Adults feed on pollen. The upper beetles (please note that we rotated your photo for our website) are of the Buffalo Carpet Beetle, Anthrenus scrophulariae, one of the showier members of the genus because of the red coloration. The smaller, drabber beetle is also in the genus Anthrenus, but we are not certain of the species. You can check possibilities on BugGuide. The Carpet Beetle was our featured Bug of the Month for April 2008.

5 Responses to Two species of Carpet Beetles

  1. Sarena Harvey says:

    I have these bugs in my window sill. Its March, still Winter and I have a lot of them in my window sill(just in one part of the house) However I saw one today on my bed. I have vacuumed my room, but not the room they are in. I also vacuumed the window sill where they are. Should I empty my vacuum bag?

    Thanks
    Sarena Harvey

    • bugman says:

      More importantly than emptying the vacuum bag is to find where the larvae are. Adult Carpet Beetles are often found in windows because they are trying to get outside as they feed on pollen. Only the larvae feed on organic material in the home.

  2. Sarena Harvey says:

    I have these bugs in my window sill. Its March, still Winter and I have a lot of them in my window sill(just in one part of the house) However I saw one today on my bed. I have vacuumed my room, but not the room they are in. I also vacuumed the window sill where they are. Should I empty my vacuum bag?

    Thanks
    Sarena Harvey

  3. Angela says:

    This is surprising to me. I came across this looking to purchase some Sweet Woodruff due to a carpet beetle infestation. I have heard from several sources that they will stay away from areas where you put dried Sweet Woodruff and crush it and put it on or under the carpets, and leave it in sachets around the home. I was thrilled to have finally have found a healthy alternative, but am disheartened seeing that picture, particularly since the ones I see around here look similar to that picture. Maybe it’s only dried Woodruff they dislike? Here’s hoping.

  4. CC says:

    Angela, I am in the same boat as u and literally JUST today bought the plant, finally. I’m very disappointed 2 see them feeding off of the very plant purported 2 repel them :O/ If anyone can explain findings of how/why folks say this deters the beetles, I’m all eyes/ears! Thank u!

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