Larder beetle larva, SEM

Larder beetle larva, SEM

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This image is part of the feature Ten Amazing Beetle Facts

Credit: EYE OF SCIENCE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Larva of the larder beetle (Dermestes lardarius), coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). This larva reaches a length of 13 millimetres. This is a beetle larva found in houses. The larval hairs seen here can cause allergies in some people. The larva will develop into a beetle that will attack products of animal origin in homes and warehouses, including bacon and other fatty meats. It is also called the bacon beetle. Magnification: x70 when printed 10cm wide.

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