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The dermestid beetle colony was donated to CuriOdyssey in 2009 by a licensed collector.
In the Wild: Depending on the type of dermestid beetle, the life cycle can last anywhere from a few months to a few years.
In Captivity: Up to a few years.
Diet in the Wild
Dry plant or animal material and natural animal fibers (wool, silk, leather, fur, and feathers).
Diet at the Museum
They are often found under dead animals and may also be found on trees, plants, and shrubs.
Found all over the world except the Arctic and Antarctica.
No special status.
Dermestids are used to clean animal skeletons, and that makes them useful for both museums and taxidermists.