Name: Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci)
Description: Adult A. verbasci range in length from 1.7 to 3.5 mm (0.07 to 0.14 in). The body is rounded, almost spherical. The elytra and pronotum are covered in fine scales of different colours, creating an irregular pattern of white, brownish and yellowish patches on these features. The white scales are focussed along the lateral margins of the pronotum and on the elytra, where they form three bright, wavy transverse bands. In addition to these morphological features, their antennae are 11-segmented, with a club of 3 segments.
Distribution: This species is present in most of Europe, in the eastern Palearctic ecozone, in the Near East, in the Nearctic ecozone, in North Africa and in North Asia, also in the Neotropics.
Diet: Larvae feed on keratin and chitin of natural fibers (dead insects, animal hair and feathers) throughout their development, eventually experiencing a dormancy period (also known as diapause) prior to pupation into the adult stage. The length of the dormancy appears to depend on environmental factors, with the most likely zeitgeber being photoperiod. Adults feed on the pollen and nectar of flowering plants.
Lifespan: A. verbasci has a life cycle ranging from 1–3 years, depending upon the environmental conditions.
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