Adult beetle length 3 – 4.5 mm
The shape is elongated; the antennae have a gradual five segmented club. Easily mistaken for the rust-red flour beetle, which has distinct three clubbed antennae. The cylindrical wiry larva is 4 to 5 mm long when fully grown and is white tinged with yellow. It has a pair of immovable projections, urogomphi, on the final abdominal segment.
Adult beetle length 3 mm
The varied carpet beetle and the museum beetle are the most commonly encountered by pest controllers. They have a speckled appearance which arises because of the many scales which cover the elytra and the prothorax which are black, white and yellow giving a spotted appearance.
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