insect identification

Asked June 2, 2018, 5:43 PM EDT

Hi, I just planted a feverfew plant that was given to me by a friend. It's only been in the ground for a week and today I noticed that many of the flowers had several little grey with black-dot insects crawling around on them. I looked a little bit online, but I can't figure out what they are and what I should do about them. Thank you, Julie Wolffe

Edit: Are they carpet beetles perhaps?

Multnomah County Oregon insect identification carpet beetles

1 Response

Yes, they are carpet beetles. They are normal residents of our environment. No treatment is needed as long they remain outdoors.

These beetles need to eat pollen, a protein, so that,after they mate, they can lay eggs and continue their species.

So, the only caution for you is this: Whenever you cut flowers to take indoors, condition them in neck-deep water overnight, outdoors in a cool, shaded place.

See “Carpet Beetles” - http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7436.html.