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Hide Beetle larva

Family: Dermestidae


A segmented black larva with dense golden setae that madoe it look a little furry. The three thoracic segments had well developed legs. The last abdominal segment had a pair of pseudocerci (Urogomphi).


A solitary larva spotted clinging to a blade of grass in open grasslands - eucalypts and wattle near by.


While Dermestid beetles feed on flowers and shrubs, their larvae are extremely destructive feeding on any natural fibre, usually dry organic substances that other creatures find difficult to ingest. They are also known to eat substances like chocolate, cocoa and copra dessicated coconut). They have helped in forensic investigations where they are found on dry skeletal remains.
I am not able to ID this larva but will keep looking.
Family: Dermestidae

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1 Comment

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

same hair as fletch

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Oct 18, 2014
Submitted on Oct 20, 2014

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