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Beetle Pen, Extra Bugs?

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by Sand hill skulls, Nov 5, 2019 at 10:09 PM.

  1. Sand hill skulls

    Sand hill skulls New Member

    I just bought a new batch of beetles a few months ago, placed them in a separate aquarium and now in the bottom of the bedding are these bugs. They don’t move much, is this a stage of the dermestid?
  2. PA

    PA Well-Known Member

    Where is Terry to answer these easy questions?


  3. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Working. Yep. Baby dermestid larva. Real young ones will be white. As they age, they will darken and brown up. They will shed several times and get larger before they turn into beetles.

    PA you could have given them the whole morphological rundown with instar stages and illustrations. :)
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2019 at 5:10 PM
  4. PA

    PA Well-Known Member

    I could have, but why re-iterate what is available in publications. The best work:

    Russell, W. C. 1947. Biology of the dermestid beetle with reference to skull cleaning. Journal of Mammalogy, 28:284-287.

    A classic work on the life cycle of dermestid beetles and tips on maintaining a colony and cleaning skeletons.

    Give a man a fish and you have one less fish. Teach a man to fish and he will show up at your fishing hole and catch YOUR fish.
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