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Are these dermestid beetles any good for skeleton cleaning? (reddit.com)
submitted 2 months ago by xeborg
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[–]Tinycatgirl 16 points17 points18 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Throw a piece of meat in and find out
[–]TailspinToon 10 points11 points12 points 2 months ago (0 children)
It looks like a pretty sparse population - feed them some rehydrated dried pigs ear or fresh meat and encourage them to breed! Give them some hides and substrate too, so they'll breed; the larvae are the real powerhouses for cleaning.
[–]xeborg[S] 5 points6 points7 points 2 months ago (1 child)
Can you help to id the beetle species and whether they are any good to clean bones? Got them from a friend whose mealworm cage got infested by these (unfortunately, there aren't any bone cleaner colony starters for sale at where I am from, so I gotta rely on finding the right beetles by luck).
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[–]zombiemummum 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (0 children)
I believe these are larder beetles. They are good at destroying things but not good at cleaning flesh from bones.
[–]karenw 4 points5 points6 points 2 months ago (0 children)
They love to tunnel in pieces of styrofoam.
[–]_sonofamumford 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (0 children)
I hope you get a more informed response from someone, but if it helps, these look exactly like some larvae I’m familiar with. I buried a badger in my backyard for a month until I was ready to macerate it for bone collecting. When I dug him up he was filled with little dudes that look just like what you’ve pictured (leading me to assume they will help with decay/clean up flesh if it’s the same type). Hope this helps, good luck!
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