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Bug Off wrote at 2011-05-16 01:45:20
Looks more like a carpet beetle to me. They feed on pet fur among other things, so finding them where your dog sleeps is not unusual. Drugstore beetles are also brown and your bug looks like it's black, which is another reason I believe it's a carpet beetle.  

Anthony wrote at 2013-07-28 15:28:03
I happen to have seen a similar bug in my apartment from time to time, in Brooklyn NY, and wasn't sure what it was. The above picture you posted is exactly what the bug looks like.

I feel so relieved to know it's a beetle and not a bedbug.  

Saugy wrote at 2013-11-02 22:50:33
Sorry, Bug Off, but you are wrong. I am 100 percent certain that this beetle is in the family Anobiidae and most definitely is NOT a carpet beetle. BTW, color in itself is not a reliable identifier...

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Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.


21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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