1 The harmful form of dermestid beetles are the larva because of feeding damage. These are a series of moults (shed skins) found in the insect collection. 2 An adult Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci) a member of the most dangerous family of insects to the museum.
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3 This historic image of an infestation in the RBCM entomology collection clearly demonstrates the devastating impact of dermestid beetles. 4 Entomology Volunteer Maurice Walsh applying a critical bead of protective glue to just one of the 2500 insect drawers.