The Cleaners

Dermestid Beetles (Dermestes maculatus)

These little  bugs can  move! The word 'Dermestid'   is Greek rooted meaning  skin, thus well named.  These beeltes will eat meat off any bone and in the  right numbers will do it quickly, efficiently, and without damage to the bones being cleaned.  National  and Wildlife law enforcement, museum curators, taxidermist and many more use these natural  cleansers  everyday.  When not contained properly you can find them also chewing on natural fibers like wool, cotton, feathers,  or silk  also, but will not expand off these alone.   In the wild you can find them on road kill  but do not often thrive on rotten  or rancid meat.  When the weather gets warm enough the adults  will fly, too, above 80degrees.     There are more than 500 species of dermestids worldwide


Take-a-way:

Beetles do not hurt or alter  your trophy skull, so no loss of measurement  or potential  breaking of  key features!

Many sizes

5 month life cycle

Versatile

Prefer the DARK

Does not play well with other bugs or mites

Need specific temperatures and humidity

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