Dermestids, also known as skin beetles or carpet beetles have been coined as the forensic scientists of cleaning tissue from skeletal bones. These flesh-eating scavengers range from 1-12 mm in size with brown, oval-shaped bodies. Throughout the world more than 500 species exist in the insect order, Coleoptera.
Dermestids are the most common beetle used by forensic entomologists for human corpses and taxidermists for wild game corpses. Dermestid’s are not to be confused with their cousin the Scarab, made famous by feature films The Mummy and Flight of the Phoenix.
Fortunately, most dermestids or scarabs don’t mingle in New Mexico unless they hitchhiked or are being held hostage for forensic/taxidermy purposes in a controlled environment.
To learn more about this family of creepy crawlers, please follow this article produced by National Geographic.
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