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Larder beetle

Scientific Name
Dermestes lardarius
Scientific Author
Linnaeus, 1758
Taxonomy
(Coleoptera: Dermestidae: Dermestinae)
Status
Exotic Species Occurrence in Australia
Reliability
High
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Commodity Type

  • Timber
  • Stored Products
  • Animal
  • Cotton & other fibres

Description

These beetles feed on a wide range of dried animal matter, particularly skins, furs, woolens, dried fish etc and will sometimes feed on dried vegetable matter. The beetle has been known to invest beams and other wooden timbers.

Foods attacked include ham, bacon, meats, cheese, stored tobacco, dried fish and dried pet food as wells as hides, skin, bones and dead insects. These beetles may be used by museums to clean flesh and hides off animal skeletons.


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