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beetle

(bēt′l)
n.
1. Any of numerous insects of the order Coleoptera, having biting or chewing mouthparts and forewings modified to form horny coverings that protect the underlying pair of membranous hind wings when at rest.
2. An insect resembling a member of the order Coleoptera.
intr.v. bee·tled, bee·tling, bee·tles
To make one's way or move like a beetle: "Chambermaids ... beetled from bedroom to bedroom loaded with ... champagne" (Vanity Fair).
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beetle

any member of the insect order COLEOPTERA.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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Identification of dermestid pupal chambers on Southern Levant human bones: Inference for reconstruction of Middle Bronze Age mortuary practices.
First record of Reesa vespulae (Milliron, 1939) (Coleoptera, Dermestidae), an introduced species of dermestid beetle in Poland.
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Scientists and museum curators typically use tiger or dermestid beetle larva enclosed in containers to clean a skull perfectly.
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The dermestid beetles (Dermestidae) were captured by hand on the sixth day of sampling which is earlier than reported in other decomposition research also conducted in non arid environments (Rodriguez and Bass, 1983, Hewadikaram and Goff, 1991).
Jim Borack, a technician in the ROM's mammal prep lab for 45 years, had always looked after the bug room--the enclosed metal room where a colony of dermestid beetles eats the flesh off carcasses.
He called the other day to find out where a taxidermist might be located that uses dermestid beetles to clean skulls.
It all started five years ago, when I became enamored of dermestid beetles and bought a small colony.
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Dan notes that bird skeletons did not become a standard part of museum collections until the 1930's with the use of dermestid beetles to clean the delicate skeletons; he thinks that skeletons have been underutilized in systematic research.
The dank cave floor swarms with flesh-eating dermestid beetles, which museums often employ to clean animal skeletons; should a maladroit bat fall into their midst, they'll reduce it to bones in minutes.