Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Insect in my house

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Just moved into my new house in staten island New York. Have seen a couple of insects I haven't seen before including this one. Found this one on my bathroom ceiling. Seemed to be dead when I found it. It's very small as you can see the pencil point for scale. Can you tell what it is?

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Nick:

Thanks for including the images with your question.  This is an adult carpet beetle, genus Anthrenus .  Here's more, from a blog post I wrote:

http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2014/10/carpet-beetles-genus-anthrenus.html

These are very common "indoor insects" that have an appetite for dried animal products including dry pet food, wool blankets and garments, furs, silks, etc.

Eric

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

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Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

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Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

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Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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