Watch Flesh-Eating Beetles Strip Bodies to the Bone

A large beetle colony needs only one or two days to completely clean the bones of small animals. The video focuses on the dermestid beetles' flesh-eating abilities. Museums use these beetles to preserve specimens, leaving the most delicate bone structures intact.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Call a museum near you to discuss if they use this technique
  • Research the measures in place to keep the beetles away from other collections
Classroom Considerations

  • High-definition graphics may be too graphic for many people

  • Provides subtitles for ease of note taking
  • Demonstrates how nature benefits science

  • None