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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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A revisionary study of the North American dermestid beetles formerly included in the genus Perimegatoma (Coleoptera).
Furthermore, dermestid beetles and other insects will consume bone or dried skin, leading to extensive damage of the body, such as numerous small and large holes.
All specimens were skeletonized using dermestid beetles and skeletons were surveyed under normal light.
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Later in 1969 Silverstein and co-workers isolated a chiral and levorotatory alcohol (2) as the sex pheromone of the dermestid beetle (Trogoderma inclusum LeConte).
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.
The dermestid beetles (Dermestidae) were captured by hand on the sixth day of sampling which is earlier than reported in other decomposition research also conducted in non arid environments (Rodriguez and Bass, 1983, Hewadikaram and Goff, 1991).
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.
He called the other day to find out where a taxidermist might be located that uses dermestid beetles to clean skulls.