Insect with Brown Spotted Wings is a Carpet Beetle

We just received a photo from a reader of a specimen other than a worm! He wonders what it is. Although worms are usually the topic of our posts, we also discuss larvae, and various other creatures. We will do our best to identify this critter.

carpet beetle

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The photo is of excellent quality, and displays a tiny insect with three legs on each side, a brown head, and spotted tan, brown, and dark brown wings. We believe this is an adult varied carpet beetle! These adult beetles shouldn’t be a cause of concern, but their larvae can be quite destructive to upholstered furniture and clothing.

Our reader didn’t request information other than the identification, so if he needs to get rid of this creature he can read one of our many posts that discuss carpet beetle and their larvae.

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Insect with Brown Spotted Wings is a Carpet Beetle
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Insect with Brown Spotted Wings is a Carpet Beetle
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We just received a photo from a reader of a specimen other than a worm! He wonders what it is. Although worms are usually the topic of our posts, we also discuss larvae, and various other creatures. We will do our best to identify this critter.
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  1. Teresa Velazquez

    Can you please help me! I found a bug and thought it may be a bed bug. I killed it right away
    I wish I had taken a better picture of it! Is there a way I can send you a Picture of it so that maybe you can help me? After looking up many, many pictures it looks like it may be a carpet beetle instead of a bed bug. I need help! :)

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