Beetles (Coleoptera)

Varied Carpet Beetle

Carpet beetles are an important part of nature's "clean up crew", but can damage certain items such as natural fabrics, carpets, and even preserved animal specimens (like that wild boar head mounted above your fireplace). In nature, after an animal dies, the carcass is colonized by a predictable succession of insects. Once the carcass has dried out (and stopped stinking), carpet beetles arrive and their larvae consume the parts of the carcass that other insects cannot digest- including the fur.

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Carpet beetle larvae have specialized defensive hairs

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