Possible Parasite?

Mojo Jojo

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Hey, I found some type of larva in my batch of crickets I just got from the exotic petstore. It may be a catipillar. But I'm not for sure. I really looks like a meal worm with short dark hairs. Any Ideas?

Big Dragonfly

The belly:
 
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atavuss

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Originally posted by Big Dragonfly
Hey, I found some type of larva in my batch of crickets I just got from the exotic petstore. It may be a catipillar. But I'm not for sure. I really looks like a meal worm with short dark hairs. Any Ideas?

Big Dragonfly

The belly:
looks like a dermestid (sp?) beetle larvae, they eat dead and decaying animal matter. as a matter of fact some places use them to clean bones, skulls, etc.
Ed
 

looseyfur

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I agree

I agree it appears to be a dermested beetle... Museums did use them to clean bones , and well as biologist.

Looseyfur
 

Valael

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Wait, wait, wait...They use beetles to clean biologists? :confused:




Sorry, bored.
 

Mojo Jojo

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Thanks to everyone who replied/will reply. I looked up this dermested beetle, and its larvae, does in fact, look like the one that I found with my crickets.

Big Dragonfly
 

motorteipidpa

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every 1nce in a while i get one of those things when i buy crickets.i usually feed it to one of my t's.
Tom
 
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