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Species Necrobia ruficollis - Red-Shouldered Ham Beetle

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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)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Cleroidea (Bark-gnawing, Checkered and Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Family Cleridae (Checkered Beetles)
Subfamily Korynetinae
Genus Necrobia
Species ruficollis (Red-Shouldered Ham Beetle)
Other Common Names
Red-breasted Copra Beetle, "Latreille's saviour" - Wiki
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Necrobia ruficollis (Fabricius)
Orig. Comb: Dermestes ruficollis Fabricius 1775
4.0–6.5 mm
native to the Palaearctic (now cosmopolitan)(1), adventive in N. America but rather uncommon both here and in Eurasia
often on skin/bones of dead animals, and on fishmeal(2)
This species saved Latreille's life...
Internet References
Ham Beetle - Australian Museum
Works Cited
1.Catalogue of North American beetles of the family Cleridae
Wolcott A.B. 1947. Fieldiana: Zoology 32: 63–105.
2.Handbook of urban insects and arachnids: A handbook of urban entomology
Robinson W.H. 2005. Cambridge University Press.