These are quality Dermestid beetles and larvae, professionally bred and raised in clean, isolated, disease and pest free colonies.
Our Dermestid Beetle Starter Colonies contain Dermestid beetles and larvae in large quantities. They are appropriate for large or small taxidermy projects, which commonly include skull cleaning (like bear, deer, or other animal skulls), skeleton cleaning (like birds and reptiles), and more.
Each Starter Colony contains a mix of juvenile and adult Dermestes maculatus, also known as the hide beetle or flesh-eating beetle. This is the species taxidermists, museums, and universities use to strip flesh from bone during specimen preparation. Dermestid beetles are the species of choice for projects that require meat-eating insects to remove flesh from bone.
Moreover, these insects are very efficient carcass cleaners. They can remove all flesh from prepared skeletons within days or weeks, depending on skeleton size and insect numbers. And given the right conditions, their population will quickly increase to meet the current food supply.
Both Dermestid beetles and their larvae have voracious appetites. They can handle anything you give them – from huge carcasses with the largest bones in the world to the smallest and most fragile. Professionals and amateurs alike use them to clean massive whale bodies, small bird and reptile remains, and everything in-between.
And while they love eating dead flesh, they completely ignore bone. All that remains when they’re done working their magic are pristine bones. They may need some processing for color, assembly, and preservation, but all the soft tissue removal is done by the insects.
Dermestid Beetle Starter Colony Care
Maintaining Dermestid beetles is relatively easy. However, they do require some care and attention after initial enclosure setup. You can read about Dermestid beetle care and maintenance here. While geared toward people who use them as cleaner crews, in roach colonies, the information is relevant for many applications.
Also note that Dermestid beetles may require some carcass preparation. They like flesh to be somewhat dry, but you can read more about it in the article linked above.