Larder beetle larva head, SEM

Larder beetle larva head, SEM

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Caption: Larder beetle (Dermestes lardarius) larva head, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). This beetle is studied by forensic entomologists as it feeds on extremely dry, desiccated dead bodies. In the open it feeds on corpses around 2 months after death. Both beetle and larva feed on the tissues of the corpse, and they can be used to estimate a time of death. They also feed on dried foods and hair and dead skin. Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: animal, beetle, coloured, crime research, death, decay, decomposition, dermestes lardarius, dermestid, face, forensic entomology, forensics, hair, hairs, hairy, head, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, larder, larva, nature, scanning electron micrograph, sem, wildlife, zoology

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