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is this carpet beetle larvae?

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  1. Sleepless in NYC

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Thu Oct 7 2010 6:55:32
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    Is this carpet beetle larvae? Thanks.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/53882211@N08/5059788350/

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Thu Oct 7 2010 8:17:15
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    Yep.

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Thu Oct 7 2010 8:21:35
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    geeezzz sleepless...

    This doesn't look like carpet beetle larvae to me (at least not the ones i had) ...it's sort of very light colored and i don't see a bunch of hairs sticking out of it from every side.

    Sleepless, you know i am not an expert but i don' t like the way that looks. Doesn't it sort of look like a cast skin a growing bb left behind? And your other photos look like bb evidence too, don'tcha think?

    Oh man...i certainly hope that one of our experts comes along and says that i'm all wrong and that it's only a dried out spring tail insect or something innocent like that...

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Thu Oct 7 2010 8:27:21
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    When the CB emerges from the larvae stage they tend to trash the cast skin as they get out.

    CB larvae look like furry caterpillars and the cast skins look like an exploded one.

    BB skins are very intact by comparison.

    Jim

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Thu Oct 7 2010 8:29:30
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    oh goodie...

    i was just looking at another post and saw LouBuggs identified it as a cb larvae cast skin...and it looks just like yours.

    I'm happy it's not a bed bug...but still..these cb larvae hairs can really make you suffer and leave horrible dark patches...itchiness....Yechhkkk..

    but congratulations on it not being a bb cast!!!


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