DERMESTIDAE SAPIENS


CLASS: ARTHROPOID



   Like their larviform counterparts, imago dermestid Arthropoids feed primarily on bone, keratin and dry skin, often becoming a pest in establishments dependant upon these materials. They are, however, quieter, calmer and more timid than the often unruly and mischievious larviforma.

BASE ORGANISM: Dermestid or hide beetles are a cosmopolitan group of Coleoptera adapted to fed on the dry remains of dead animals, even feeding on the remains of other insects. They can become a major pest of carpet fibers and museum specimens, though they are also used to professionally clean bones in preparation for display.

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