Hide Beetle

Common name : Hide beetle

Scientific name : Trogidae

Family : Trogidae

Native to : Worldwide distribution

Interesting fact : The hide beetle has a very different warty and bumpy outer covering which distinguishes it from other insects.

Because of the various species within this family, the size of this beetle can vary anywhere from 2.5 mm to 20 mm. They closely resemble the scarab beetles. Their diet is comprised of decomposing carcasses and carrion. Not much is known about the lifecycle of the hide beetle. However, since they are one of the last insects to feed on dead and decomposing carcasses, both the larvae and the adults feed on fur, feathers and skin.

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