One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dull brown scavenging beetle that feeds on stored hides and dried meat and may be a serious pest of warehouses.
Dermestes maculatus, family Dermestidae
- ‘The darkling beetle, lesser meal worm and hide beetle invade and consume significant quantities of poultry feed.’
- ‘Mature larvae of the hide beetle, Dermestes maculatus, have the habit of boring into various hard surfaces to pupate, usually preferring softwoods.’
- ‘Initially, use this product once every 2 weeks and then monthly to assure hide beetles won't return.’
- ‘A new insecticide labelled for control of darkling beetles, hide beetles and flies, known as orthoboric acid, provides long residual control up to nine to twelve months or longer.’
- ‘The bacon beetle and the hide beetle are two larger species that can measure up to 8mm.’
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