Insect identification > Coleoptera > True Coleoptera > Dermestids


Family Dermestidae (dermestids). - These insects are small, the largest common species in this country being only about one-third of an inch long. Most of them are rather short, thick-set beetles, covered with very small scales which give them a gray or brown color, with occasional black, white or red scaly areas in some cases, producing spots or bands of these colors.

They feed on decaying substances, but those most important as pests attack wool, furs, feathers and meat, cheese and fats. In some cases the adults feed on pollen and only the larvae are destructive.