Larder Beetle Dermestes lardarius

Larder Beetle
Larder Beetle
Larder Beetle
One of nature's recyclers, the Larder Beetle lives outside and indoors. It lives in birds and wasps nests, in stables and is an occasional pest of households, eating animal debris, feathers, leather and animal-based food (cheese, dried meat, dried fish). It is black with a hairy tan central bar spotted black. It is prevalent throughout much of the world.
Larder Beetle
Larder Beetle
Larder Beetle
Adult beetles fly well and are 7-10mm long. Larvae are dark brown and hairy caterpillar-like, 10-14mm long.