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Dermestes lardarius


  • Adult — 1/4"–3/8" in length. Black with a whitish band across the fore-part of the elytra.
  • Larva — comet shape. Quick moving. Brown in colour and hairy. Migrate to pupate in solid material.


  • 2–3 months at 18–25°C.


  • Feeds on various animal products including cheese.

Controlling Insects that attack Food Products