So are you ready to see some flesh-eating beetles devour carcass all the way down to the bone!! Yeah not really huh… In all seriousness though this is actually quite fascinating. Meet the Dermestid Beetle, a bug that can pick a carcass clean in just a matter of days leaving only the bone structures intact. Which is why these little guy’s are the perfect tool for museum scientists.
According to Deep Look, “in nature, Dermestid Beetles are death-homing devices. They’ll find a dead body about a week after death and lay eggs in the drying flesh. The larvae emerge with a voracious appetite, outgrowing their skins six to eight times in just days before pupating, becoming adults and flying away to start a new colony.” These beetles play a critical role at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley…. Check it out below.
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