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Dermestes sp - Dermestes ater

Dermestes sp - Dermestes ater
Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
I am trying to start a colony of these guys and would like to know what species they are. The adults are nothing special just uniform black.

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Dermestes sp - Dermestes ater Dermestes sp - Dermestes ater

Ugh!
That is why I am interested in pollinators rather than recyclers. Flowers are prettier : )
But it is good to know that this takes place in nature.

looks like Dermestes ater to me
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Is that purple looking thing a dead baby mouse?

 
Yes
It is and despie the small number I have around 30 they eat that in three days... well before it has the chance to smell