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Species Dermestes peruvianus - Peruvian Larder Beetle

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 peruvianus (Peruvian Larder Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Dermestes peruvianus Laporte 1840
8–11 mm(1)
both outdoor and indoor populations, and it is the most common Dermestes indoors in the UK(1)
native to the Neotropics, now subcosmopolitan; recorded in the US, widespread in Europe(1)(2)(3)
indoors and outdoors (in carrion and wet bird nests, esp. pigeon nests)(1)
plant and animal material, incl. skins, bone meal, dried fish, fishmeal, grain (corn kernels), etc.(1)
Works Cited
1.Handbook of urban insects and arachnids: A handbook of urban entomology
Robinson W.H. 2005. Cambridge University Press.
2.Háva J. (2018) World catalogue of the Dermestidae
3.Alien terrestrial arthropods of Europe
Roques A., Kenis M., Lees D., Lopez-Vaamonde C., Rabitsch W., Rasplus J.-Y., Roy D., eds. 2010. BioRisk 4 Special Issue; 2 vols., 1028 pp.