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Species Dermestes maculatus - Hide Beetle

Dermestes maculatus Dermestes maculatus Beetle - Dermestes maculatus Small Beetle - Dermestes maculatus Beetle (apparently sucking my apple tree - Dermestes maculatus Beetle (apparently sucking my apple tree - Dermestes maculatus Dermestes maculatus DeGeer - Dermestes maculatus - male Dermestes maculatus DeGeer - Dermestes maculatus - male
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
Superfamily Bostrichoidea (Carpet, Powder-post and Death-watch Beetles)
Family Dermestidae (Carpet Beetles)
Genus Dermestes
No Taxon (subgenus Dermestinus)
Species maculatus (Hide Beetle)
Other Common Names
Leather Beetle, Common Carrion Dermestid, Bacon Beetle
Explanation of Names
Dermestes maculatus DeGeer, 1774
5.5-10 mm(1)(2)
native to the Old World (origin unknown; non-native in Europe), now cosmopolitan(4)(5), adventive and widespread in NA(6)(7)(3)
in houses, on baled skins, and in other products of animal origin(7); in warehouses(3) and deep-pit poultry houses; outdoors, on carrion and animal skins(2)
larvae and adults feed on dead insects and various materials of animal origin(3)(3), incl. feathers, fur, bone, cheese, and dried fish (esp. freshwater fish)(2)
used in museums to clean skeletons(2)
Internet References - Andreas Herrmann