No blowfly maggots were present on the carrion, but numerous adult histerids, trogids and staphylinids of various species, some adult silphids (Thanatophilus mutilatus), clerids (Necrobia rufipes) and dermestids
(Dermestes maculatus), and a few larval muscids (Hydrotaea sp.
and there is now a predator--the red-legged ham beetle--that preys on the other two dermestids.
Strange as it may sound, hundreds of flesh-eating dermestid beetles toil 24/7 at the ROM, expertly dispatching carcasses of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish, picking the skeletons clean as a licked dinner plate.
It was expected that a longer decomposition process would lead to an increase in the number of species found in the dry remains, such as Dermestidae, that feed primarily on dried skin and Cleridae, that prey upon dermestids
(Catts and Haskell, 1990).
One of the most unusual species of dermestids
collected in this study was an unidentified species of Thaumaglossa, whose members are found only in the oothecae of mantids (Beal, 2003).
Dermestids operate the same way, except they prefer the cover of darkness.
And then they teach you how to avoid further problems with dermestids.
Small amounts of para-dichlorobenzene were used to protect the collections from infestation by dermestids
and other harmful insects.
Arthropods were identified using published keys and literature, such as Rees (1947) for dermestids, Lewis (1978) for fleas, Usinger (1966) for cimicids, and Bland & Jaques (1978) and Arnett (2000 ) for general insects.
The lower layer possessed dermestid and tenbrionid larvae, as well as latrine fly pupae.
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.
Key to genera and subgenera of dermestid beetles of the Himalaya (Insecta: Coleoptera: Dermestidae), pp.