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Any of various beetles of the family Dermestidae, having larvae that feed chiefly on materials of animal origin such as fur, hides, wool, and stored food.

[From New Latin Dermēstidae, family name, from Dermēstēs, type genus, from Greek dermēstēs, worm that eats skin or leather, derma, skin; see der- in Indo-European roots, edō, es-, to eat; see ed- in Indo-European roots.]

der·mes′tid adj.


(Animals) any beetle of the family Dermestidae, whose members are destructive at both larval and adult stages to a wide range of stored organic materials such as wool, fur, feathers, and meat. They include the bacon (or larder), cabinet, carpet, leather, and museum beetles
[C19: from New Latin dermestida, from Greek dermēstēs, from derma skin + esthiein to eat]
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Nearly 60 dermestid species have been found in the Himalayan Region (Hava 2009), representing 9 genera, such as Dermestes Linnaeus, Thorictodes Reitter, Attagenus Latreille, Anthrenus Geoffroy, Evorinea Beal, Orphinus Motschulsky, Ctesias Stephens, and Trogoderma Dejean.
During the fall 2014 "Nature's Recyclers" program, audience members met characters like Freddy the Fungus, Suzi the Snail, Polly the Pileated Woodpecker, and Dolly the Dermestid Beetle in a family-friendly program lasting about 20 minutes.
Scientists and museum curators typically use tiger or dermestid beetle larva enclosed in containers to clean a skull perfectly.
Nearshore Dredge-Spoil Dumping and Cadmium, Copper, and Zinc Levels in a Dermestid Shrimp.
Jim Borack, a technician in the ROM's mammal prep lab for 45 years, had always looked after the bug room--the enclosed metal room where a colony of dermestid beetles eats the flesh off carcasses.
These individuals were sexed, weighed and tagged at the time of collection, and were later skeletonized by Dermestid beetles.
He called the other day to find out where a taxidermist might be located that uses dermestid beetles to clean skulls.
All spiders were fed with both houseflies and dermestid beetles for a month (insects were randomly offered twice a week) in order to attain similar nutritional status.
Dan notes that bird skeletons did not become a standard part of museum collections until the 1930's with the use of dermestid beetles to clean the delicate skeletons; he thinks that skeletons have been underutilized in systematic research.
The lower layer possessed dermestid and tenbrionid larvae, as well as latrine fly pupae.
A Revisionary Study of the North American Dermestid Beetles Formerly Included in the Genus Perimegatoma (Coleoptera).
The "bug room," where dermestid beetles are used to clean flesh off the skeletons of birds and animals.