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I asked this of someone else, but they needed better pictures if I found another one.  I found another one this morning.  Mind you I'm finding the few I did on hardwood flooring walking across the room.  So far I have only seen two.  I have more clear pictures of this second one. I'm at a loss what to do right now and don't even know what these things are.  I keep food sealed for the most part and only have seen these two downstairs.  This is about as clear a picture as I can get.  I could send the dead bug to you if needed. Just let me know.

My original question was:

"I live in the United States in Pittsburgh, Pa.  My cat found this bug and chose not to eat it so I had squashed it. It seemed to me to make a slight crunch sound when I squashed it.  It looks like it is round, maybe 1/16 or 1/32 of an inch or less, has what appears to be two segments one small head and a larger body and appears to have six legs. It may have been slightly smaller than a ladybug in nature.  On closer examination, but barely noticeable it look like it may have had two faint brown stripes on its back.  I could not find a picture online to tell me for sure what it was."


It looks like a varied carpet beetle (see for more pics) but the photo is much too dark to be certain. Post a follow up if you have questions not answered on the link above.

Jack DeAngelis

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.


20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.


Ph.D. in Entomology

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