Dermestid Beetles are a family of Coleoptera that are commonly referred to as skin beetles. Other common names include larder beetle, hide or leather beetles, carpet beetles, and khapra beetles. There are approximately 500 to 700 species worldwide. They can range in size from 1–12 mm. Key characteristics for adults are round oval shaped bodies covered in scales.
Dermestids have a variety of habits; most genera are scavengers that feed on dry animal or plant material such as skin or pollen, animal hair, feathers, dead insects and natural fibers. Members of Dermestes are found in animal carcasses, while others may be found in mammal, bird, bee, or wasp nests.
These beetles are significant in forensic entomology. Some species are known to be associated with decaying carcasses which help with criminal investigations. In addition they are used in taxidermy and natural history museums to clean animal skeletons.
Step One: We clean all excess meat off of the skull and place the skull into the drying chamber. Beetles will clean the skull faster if the moisture has been taken out of the meat
Step Two: The skull is placed into the bug tank to be cleaned depending on the size of the skull the cleaning process can take anywhere from 12hrs to 2 days.
Step Three: The skull is placed into a degreasing solution.
Step Four: Once the skull has been rinsed of the decreasing solution it is placed into a whitening agent.