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Dermestes lardarius L.
Larder Beetle


The beetle is 7-9 mm long, black, but the front halves of the wing covers are yellowish-brown and bear hairs. The larva grows to 12-15 mm in length, is reddish-brown to dark brown, with brownish bristles.

Life History:

The female deposits about 150 eggs in small heaps or singly on suitable nutrients. The grown larvae migrate to pupate, boring their way into wood, cork or other solid materials. Both beetles and larvae cause damage in feeding.




By eating into animal products such as skins, hides, guts, dried egg yolk, meat preserves, etc.

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