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ⓘ Dermestidae are a family of Coleoptera. They are also known as skin beetles, larder beetles, hide beetles, leather beetles, carpet beetles, and khapra beetles. ..




Dermestidae
                                     

ⓘ Dermestidae

Dermestidae are a family of Coleoptera. They are also known as skin beetles, larder beetles, hide beetles, leather beetles, carpet beetles, and khapra beetles. There are 500 to 700 species of dermestids. They can be up to 1–12 mm in length. Adults have round oval-shaped bodies covered in scales or setae.

Most dermestids are scavengers that feed on dry animal or plant material. This includes skin or pollen, animal hair, feathers, dead insects, and natural fibers. Dermestids can be found living in dead animals and feeding on them. Others can be found living in mammal, bird, bee, or wasp nests. Thaumaglossa only lives in the egg cases of mantids. Many Trogoderma species are pests that eat grain.

The beetles found living in dead animals are studied in criminal investigations forensic entomology. Many species are pests which can damage natural fibers in homes and businesses. Dermestids are sometimes used by natural history museums to clean animal skeletons.

                                     

1. Books

  • Hinton H.E. 1945. A monograph of the beetles associated with stored products. 1, 387–395 British Museum Natural History, London. Keys to world adults and larvae, genera and species; excellent figures, full species information.
  • Pasquerault T. et al 2008. Repartition des especes du genre Dermestes L. 1758 recoltes sur des cadavres humains Coleoptera Dermestidae. Lentomologiste Tome 64 N°4 pp 221–224.
  • Freude H; Harde K.W. & Lohse G.A. 1979. Dermestidae. Die Kafer Mitteleuropas 6: Diversicornia Lycidae - Byrrhidae 1206 text figs. 367pp. Goecke & Evers. Text in German; the Dermestidae are on pages 304–327.
                                     

2. Other websites

  • Dermestes atar, black larder beetle
  • Russian Atlas of Carpet Beetles-excellent images
  • on the University of Florida / IFAS Featured Creatures Web site
  • Anthrenus flavipes, furniture carpet beetle
  • Dermestidae-Literature
  • Anthrenus scrophulariae, common carpet beetle
  • Dermestidae of the World
  • Dermestes maculatus, hide beetle
  • List of North American Species Archived 2008-02-05 at the Wayback Machine
  • USDA Leaflet on Carpet beetles
  • Carpet Beetles, Kansas State University