Take the 2-minute tour ×
Biology Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for biology researchers, academics, and students. It's 100% free, no registration required.

This insect is about 0.5 mm in length, so it is very small. It doesn't have legs I don't believe, I am not too good at this but I don't know if it's a worm or more like a cocoon for something.

I do find this alarming because I found this one underneath my bed sheet on the mattress. Now I do recall seeing something similar on the crack of the shaky tile floor, so I can't tell if it's just an apartment pest or it actually lives in mattresses.

Any help in identification would be appreciated. Thank you.

One side

Back side

share|improve this question
1  
Where are you located in the world? –  Rory M Nov 30 '13 at 13:01
    
Toronto, Canada. –  stross_relief Dec 2 '13 at 17:32
add comment

1 Answer

It's carpet beetle larvae. It's a serious pest, right behind the bedbug. The larvae were found on an old mattress.

I found about 4 more afterwards.

enter image description here

share|improve this answer
1  
This could probably be many different species in the family Dermestidae, which often have fairly similar looking larvae. The carpet beetle is a good bet thought since many of the other common species feed on animal materials (food, insect collections, fur, leather etc.) –  fileunderwater Dec 4 '13 at 23:28
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.