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My kid found this little guy in his bedroom. It’s about 2-3mm long. Lots of legs, and white rings around its abdomen.

Any idea what it is?

Edit: Location in San Jose, CA.


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That is a dermestid larva. A beetle from the family Dermestidae https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermestidae, common name, skin beetle. They eat dried skin, or flesh, and are generally the last insect to feed on a carcass. They are the bane of insect collectors, because they eat dried insects right off the pin.


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