Classification of the Dermestidae (larder, Hide, and Carpet Beetles) Based on Larval Characters: With a Key to the North American Genera

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U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1943 - Agriculture - 18 pages
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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