I found this insect, whatever it is, at first I thought it was a ladybug. But I think it's a carpet beetle. What does it eat? It doesn't eat raisins. And it's trying to escape. How can I make a habitat for it?


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  • Crosspost of gardening.stackexchange.com/q/61200/20139
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  • Without more details, I can confirm it looks like a black one with yellow dots. Where did you see it? What time of day? What was the weather? Commented Sep 30, 2021 at 6:11
  • I saw it on my armchair at the evening. Commented Sep 30, 2021 at 13:55
  • The weather was moderate. And by the way, the armchair had lots of clothes on it. It can fly for short distances. Commented Sep 30, 2021 at 13:56

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That does indeed look rather like a Carpet Beetle, although I am not a particular expert on beetles. The size, antenna shape and color/pattern are consistent with Carpet Beetle, but would be a little off for the Ladybirds that I am familiar with.

As for diet, here's a link [ https://entomology.ca.uky.edu/ef601 ] that might potentially be helpful, but I'm not sure how much longer the adults will be eating - I don't know if they overwinter in a sort of dormant state, the way some other beetles do, but I'm also not sure I'd recommend trying to keep it. Still, don't let me discourage you - some of the greatest naturalists kept all sorts of things simply to find out what they were like and how they lived. That's something we really need more of.

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