Length: 2.3-3.5 mm
Anthrenus scrophulariae have a red or yellowish stripe along the elytral suture. The pronotum has white scales on the sides, and has a median projection at the base that nearly hides the scutellum.
Look for adults on Apple blossoms and other spring flowers. In the wild, the bristly larvae may be found in bird nests and mammal dens, where they feed on fur and feathers. In houses and places of business, however, the larvae feed on wool and carpets and other textile materials.
Whether in the wild or otherwise, larvae also feed on dead arthropods, and museum collections quickly come to ruin after an infestation of Carpet Beetle larvae.
As a pest species, Anthrenus scrophulariae has a worldwide distribution.
Another West Virginia species in this genus is Anthrenus verbasci (pictured below):
Insects of West Virginia