How Fast Do Dermestid Beetles Reproduce?

How Fast Do Dermestid Beetles Reproduce?

Taxidermists depend on their dermestid beetle colonies to produce crisp, clean specimens. A single colony may have hundreds to thousands, to tens of thousands of beetles, but it takes time to get your colony to start feeding. It is important to understand dermestid...
Kodiak Bones & Bugs

Kodiak Bones & Bugs

How Many Dermestid Beetles do I Need to Clean a Skull? Whether you are a hunter and you plan to produce several European mounts this hunting season, a taxidermist, or an artist that specializes in carving animal skulls, you likely know the benefits of using dermestid...
Which Bones Are Viable for Taxidermy?

Which Bones Are Viable for Taxidermy?

Mounted figures and skulls of birds, small mammals, and large game represent the art of taxidermy, or the preparing, stuffing, and mounting of skins of animals. Records of the practice date back to the 16th century. The art form has survived into the modern day to...
What Is Skull Cleaning?

What Is Skull Cleaning?

Skull cleaning is a process in which the skull of a hunted or trapped animal, or one that has expired due to natural causes, is prepared for display. It is an important step in taxidermy. However, it can be time-consuming, messy, and unpleasant, depending on the...

Why Use Dermestid Beetles

Taxidermists have a few options when it comes to preserving the bones of animal specimens. A few can be rather harsh, such as chemical treatments (i.e., tanning) and boiling, but skeletonization can be achieved in an easier, more natural way—with dermestid beetles. In...