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Skin Beetle larva Dermestidae sp

The family of the Skin Beetles consists of a lot of rather small species. Many species are infamous indeed. The larvae of some species live in warehouses, being able to destroy the goods in a very short time, while the larvae of some other species live of dead organic material, such as hairs and other fibers. Take the Museum Beetle for instance. It not only appreciates dead insects in nature, but the ones in museums and other collections as well. Another group of notorious beetles in this family is comprised of the Carpet Beetles. In nature however they clean up old bird's nests etc, just like the caterpillars of some of the House Moths do. The larvae of Skin Beetles are curiously shaped creatures though. The one in the pictures probably is the larva of an Anthrenus species.