bacon beetle definition

  • noun:
    • a beetle (Dermestes lardarius) which, particularly in the larval condition, nourishes upon bacon, woolens, furs, etc. See Dermestes.
    • A species associated with the genus Dermestes, D. lardarius, family members Dermestidæ, purchase Coleoptera, whose larvæ are destructive to stuffed creatures in museums. The larvæ are hairy, and whitish-brown in shade.
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