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I live in NY and was replacing my bed sheet for a cleaner one and then I found this bug on it close to a corner....should I be worried?

It was very slow and didn't move too much from where I found it

Dear Sharon - This appears to be a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Anthrenus. This genus includes several pest species, including the varied carpet beetle, Anthrenus verbasci. These larvae will feed on a very wide variety of organic materials besides woolen and silk fabrics, including accumulations f dead insects such as may be found in light fixtures and behind baseboards. The adult beetles are harmless pollen feeders that often gain entry to homes by hitchhiking on flowers. See for detailed information on control of carpet beeles.

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Ed Saugstad


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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