Black carpet beetle

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Black carpet beetle
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Dermestidae
Genus: Attagenus
Species: A. unicolor
Binomial name
Attagenus unicolor
(Brahm, 1791)

The black carpet beetle, Attagenus unicolor, is a beetle, 3–5 millimetres (0.12–0.20 in) long, that can be a serious household pest. The larvae grow to 7 mm (0.28 in) in length, are reddish brown in colour and covered with bristles. The larval form feeds on natural fibres, damaging carpets, furniture and clothing.

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