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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: What kind of insect is this?

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Raleigh, NC
United States

November 3, 2012
5:59 PM

Post #9323903

I am by no means a bug enthusiast, but I find these all over my house in Raleigh, North Carolina and I am very curious what it could be. It is definitely an insect, I clearly see 6 legs, and no more. But when it moves, it looks like a caterpillar. It walks very slowly and often will stay motionless for long periods of time. Overall, it is about the size of your average American ant (less than 1/2 inch long). Relatively speaking, it has a long abdomen that, when antagonized or threatened, flares out like the pedals of a flower. It is various shades of brown and appears to be striped laterally across its back. It is so small, that I had difficulty getting a picture of it with any clear focus. But I have attached the best that I could do.

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Raleigh, NC
United States

November 3, 2012
6:30 PM

Post #9323933

To clarify, the first image is the insect facing me. The second image is a rear-view of the insect.
Minot, ND

November 3, 2012
7:16 PM

Post #9323957

Looks like a larva of a carpet beetle in the genus Anthrenus.
Raleigh, NC
United States

November 3, 2012
7:34 PM

Post #9323964

That makes a lot of sense! They tend to be in the highest concentrations in our master bathroom (a lot of hair and skin on the floor).

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