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Dermestes talpinus from dead skunk - Dermestes talpinus

Dermestes talpinus from dead skunk - Dermestes talpinus
Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
May 21, 2005
Though not as tasty as the carcass they were taken from, these Dermestes talpinus seem to like puppy chow. For ID, I used Jaques and images at Cedar Creek. Don't know why authors don't make a bigger deal of the flashy white underside of this species!

btw, there are now Dermestes talpinus larvae eating the puppy chow seen in this photo!

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Blunder
I don't know whether it was the greasy chicken wing tip or too much moisture that I added to the colony, but none survived. In future attempts I'll use a water dish (water-soaked tissue wad in a bottle cap) and a pupating substrate such as sawdust -- plus a low-fat diet!.

Dermestes sp.
These guys are in the genus Dermestes, much larger than the carpet beetles we know and love (ha!). The bright black-and-white banding on the underside of the abdomen is pretty distinctive.

 
Thanks Eric. New for me.
I'd only encountered D. lardarius before meeting these guys. I'd seen adult dermestids in the lab years ago, hard at work cleaning skeletal material, but never took an interest in them then and don't recall their markings.

I hope someone comes up with a species name.