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I am trying to find out what type of insect has been eating

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HI, I am trying to find out what type of insect has been eating holes in a decorative linen wallhanging. They are about the size of a pinhead and dark in color. This piece seems to be the only one affected. We do have a rare silverfish in the bathroom and wonder if the two could be connected. Thanks.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: General
Expert:  Martin replied 1 year ago.

Hi. Silverfish can eat a lot of things (they especially like cellulose, so vegetal fiber like linen can get damaged by them) but they are bad climber. It was perhaps black carpet beetle (they usually are not attracted to cellulose but if skin oil is present on a fabric like linen they might eat it).