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Dermestes maculatus


  • Adult — 1/4"–3/8" in length. Uppermost is black, underside is white.
  • Larva — as D. lardarius but with an orange stripe running down the length of the back.


  • 2–3 months at 18–25°C.


  • Feeds on various animal products and dried fish. Pupates in solid material, e.g. wood.
  • The quantity of white on the underside may vary according to species.
  • Adults fly readily.

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