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Scientific Name
Dermestes maculatus
Scientific Author
De Geer, 1774
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

Larvae and adults feed on various animal products including animals skins, fish, meat meals, furs, leather, bone, cheese, feathers and various dried foods.  Will sometimes attack chocolate, copra and cocoa beans. Larvbae may bore into wood to pupate.

Source:

Urban Pest Control in Australia. (1995). J. Gerozisis & P. Hadlingon.


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