Subject: Bug
Location: South Central Indiana
October 26, 2013 12:55 pm
We found these bugs in some hunting equipment. I believe they came from a pair of antlers with part of the skull and skin still attached. Can you tell us what they are?
Signature: Bugged

Carpet Beetle Larvae

Carpet Beetle Larvae

Dear Bugged,
These are the larvae of Carpet Beetles in the family Dermestidae.  Beetle larvae in this family will eat a wide variety of organic materials, including fur, feathers and wool.  Dermestid Beetles are responsible for major losses to museum specimens including taxidermy displays.  See BugGuide for additional information.

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Location: Indiana

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