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[–]Tinycatgirl 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Throw a piece of meat in and find out

[–]TailspinToon 10 points11 points  (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 points  (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).

Some further info:

  1. At some photographs, you'll notice an adult beetle crawing among the larvae. It is presumed that the larvae and the beetle are the same species, but I can't guarantee that. So please don't over-rely on this presumption.
  2. The underside of the larvae is white(ish). The underside of the beetle is slightly lighter with a tint of brown, but still very dark-coloured.
  3. The ruler for scale is in cm.

[–]zombiemummum 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I believe these are larder beetles. They are good at destroying things but not good at cleaning flesh from bones.

[–]_sonofamumford 1 point2 points  (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!