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Species Dermestes lardarius - Larder 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)
Superfamily Bostrichoidea (Carpet, Powder-post and Death-watch Beetles)
Family Dermestidae (Carpet Beetles)
Genus Dermestes
No Taxon (subgenus Dermestes)
Species lardarius (Larder Beetle)
Other Common Names
Bacon Beetle
Explanation of Names
Dermestes lardarius Linnaeus 1758
5-8 mm

det. v belov, 2011
Cosmopolitan, synanthropic, introduced to NA, occurs mostly n. of the Mason-Dixon Line (BG data)
Typically near stored foodstuffs, etc.
All year
Adults and larvae found on carrion and in bird and wasp nests; pests of stored animal products such as pet foods, dried meats, and hides; preys on egg masses of gypsy moth Lymntria dispar(1)
Life Cycle
takes 40-50 days
Internet References - Andreas Herrmann
Fact sheet - PSU
Works Cited
1.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.