January 18, 2013

Flesh-Eating Beetles Explained

Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato, National Geographic

AP Photo

The word “dermestid” derives from the Greek word meaning “skin,” and the insect is aptly named. These creepy crawlies will eat the flesh off  carcasses in a process called skeletonization. (Also see “Flesh-Eating Caterpillars Discovered in Hawaii.”)


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TAGGED: Detrivore, Scavenger, Beetles, Forensics


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