Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Mystery bug


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Found this bug crawling on my bed today. I live in Washington State in the US. Unfortunately I panicked when I saw it and squished it with a tissue so it is a little deformed. I also apologize for the poor quality of the pictures. Any help identifying this bug would be much appreciated! Thank you.

Dear Kate - Well, at least it is not a bed bug! Although I cannot be absolutely certain, I believe that your unwanted house guest might be a carpet beetle, such as the varied carpet beetle, Anthrenus verbasci - look at the image at <http://tinyurl.com/grpcfuo> to see if it resembles your find. If so, then see <http://tinyurl.com/yun78p> for some carpet beetle control recommendations.

Hope this helps,

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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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