Dermestid larvae and beetles are added to live insect colonies as a natural way to keep insect colonies clean, since they feed on dead insects, decaying plant material, old insect food, moulted skins, insect faeces and other waste. Dermestid larvae and beetles or the Clean Up Crew keep your insect colonies clean.
Dermestid larvae and beetles have amazing cleaning habits which result in the prevention of mould and bacterial growth in live insect colonies. They do not compete with live feeder insect colonies.
Dermestid larvae are a benefical additional to live woodies colonies, live cricket colonies, live mealworms colonies, live superworm colonies and live black soldier fly larvae colonies.
Dermestids are also called flesh eating beetles or skin beetles and they are also often used to producing clean skeletons for natural history studies by eating the flesh off dead birds and animals. Amazingly, most animal carcasses can be skeletonised by a few thousand Dermestids within two days.
The life cycle of the Dermestes Beatles insect are:
- the eggs of Dermestes Beatles hatch in about 4 days;
- the tiny larvae go through about 10 moults over approximately 6 weeks;
- they then burrow and form a pupa;
- after a week, they emerge as a beetle;
- after 8 weeks, the female beetle lays eggs.
Dermestid larvae and beetles will live happily in a live insect colony functioning as the “Clean Up Crew”, so long as moisture levels are not too high. They are not dangerous to live healthy live insects in Australia and can be fed to pet reptiles and birds. These bonus insect add variety to your pets diet and are very helpful in keeping live woodies colonies, live cricket colonies, live mealworms and live superworm colonies functioning well in the long term.
Both the Dermestid larva and the beetles are edible as feeder inscts and birds also.
Please beware: Insect colonies containing Dermestid Beetles should be covered with a screen to prevent any escapees. In warmer temperatures, Dermestid beetles can fly short distances and they are not a desirable insect addition loose in your house.
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Dermestid beetlesFantastic, lots more than i expected. Great condition!By: Wendyon 9 July 2021