Classification of the Dermestidae (larder, Hide, and Carpet Beetles) Based on Larval Characters: With a Key to the North American Genera
The economic importance of the Dermestidae has long been recognized by entomologists. In the larval stages its members feed upon, damage, or destroy household furnishings, a large variety of goods made of leather, hair, fur, wool, and silk, dried animal remains, museum specimens and exhibits, and insect collections. The larvae are also destructive to stored products of many kinds, including bacon, cheese, cork, seeds, cereals and cereal products, and they have been known to damage telephone fuses and batteries containing lead.
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4-segmented Antenna fig Anthrenini Apsectus hispidus Attageninae Attagenus piceus basal setal brush Body elongate Boving and Craighead caudal brush fig characters compact groups Ctesias serra Ctesiini cutting edges rounded dense denser posteriorly Dermestinae distal margin distal sensory papillae diverging lateroposteriorly dorsally epipharyngeal rods Epipharynx fig genera genus greatest width group near distal Hastisetal tufts inner cutting edge labro-epipharyngeal margin fig Labrum Lepesme and Paulian Mandible distally rounded Mandible fig margin of epipharynx maxillary palpus fig median pair mesonotum metanotum metathorax Middle setal series ninth segment ninth tergite Novelsis ocelli pair of sensory Perimegatoma pharynx progressively larger pronotum proximal transverse series Represented in North retinac retinaculum and basal retinaculum present sclerotized ring second segment sensory area composed sensory cups series of labro-epipharyngeal setae of caudal setiferous sharply defined single species slender outer setae slender setae spinulate setae Spiracles subequal subfamily tenth abdominal segment tergite fig Thaumaglossa thorax Thylodriinae Trinodinae urogomphi ventrally