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?
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.