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Dermestid beetle

Scientific Name
Dermestes carnivorus
Scientific Author
Fabricius, 1775
Taxonomy
(Coleoptera: Dermestidae: Dermestinae)
Status
Exotic species - absent from 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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