Watch Flesh-Eating Beetles Strip Bodies to the Bone | Deep Look

  • تم نشره في 2015/10/13
  • Dermestid Beetles are fast and fastidious eaters. They can pick a carcass clean in just days leaving even the most delicate bone structures intact. This makes them the perfect tool for museum scientists-- if you keep them far, far away from valuable collections.
    In nature, Dermestid Beetles are death-homing devices. They’ll find a dead body about a week after death and lay eggs in the drying flesh. The larvae emerge with a voracious appetite, outgrowing their skins six to eight times in just days before pupating, becoming adults and flying away to start a new colony.
    These Dermestid Beetles at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley are direct descendants from the original colony established in this museum in 1924. The process now used at museums around the world was pioneered here. These are the beetles you see here in this flesh-eating beetles time lapse.
    Scientists in the prep lab downstairs receive nearly a thousand carcasses a year. It’s their job to preserve each animal for long-term use in the collections upstairs. And the work is not for the squeamish.
    What makes beetles ideal for cleaning museum specimens is that they’re fast and fastidious eaters. They can pick a carcass clean while leaving even the most delicate bone structures intact.
    It takes a large beetle colony 24 - 48 hours to clean the bones of small animals like rabbits and owls, and they can work on 100 - 200 specimens at a time. Larger animals like deer or coyotes take about a week.
    But the alliance between beetles and museum is an uneasy one. Downstairs the beetles are a critical tool. But if Dermestids got loose upstairs, they could wreak havoc in the library stacks, munching through specimen drawers and ruining entire collections.
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  • จอนมารี ชาดะ ร.

    I could probably murder someone and let these beetles clean the body...

  • happy5808
    happy5808 8 أيام قبل

    This reminds me of the mummy

  • Mija Franzen
    Mija Franzen 10 أيام قبل +1

    Thanks to this video I now can prove I’m a flesh eat beetle! To my mother!

  • ivan caraig
    ivan caraig 15 أيام قبل

    i used to catch these beetles
    I even got this last night and I didn't even know that it can eat my.flesh

  • Leonardo Mo
    Leonardo Mo 17 أيام قبل

    That place haunted

  • Malachite Sardonyx Vasquez
    Malachite Sardonyx Vasquez 19 أيام قبل

    The narrator's so dark

  • Christopher Mcneil
    Christopher Mcneil 26 أيام قبل +1

    Who watched this while eating

  • Ava the GalaxyQueen 091
    Ava the GalaxyQueen 091 28 أيام قبل

    You should make your videos longer because i dont understand when its short

  • Michu Kiwi
    Michu Kiwi أشهر قبل

    Whose watching this in 2019?

  • Jasper Rosebluff
    Jasper Rosebluff أشهر قبل

    A vulture culture dream

  • Sam Kovács
    Sam Kovács أشهر قبل

    “No, i don’t think I will”

  • Dio Brando
    Dio Brando أشهر قبل

    So this is the weight loss trend everyones talkin about

  • Race Gleason
    Race Gleason أشهر قبل +1

    i got here by watching an episode of bones

  • Andrea Chen
    Andrea Chen أشهر قبل +1

    I have question deep look
    Are the beetles harmful to humans?

  • hyung Jin
    hyung Jin أشهر قبل

    Where's lauren?

  • D Wood
    D Wood أشهر قبل +1

    I guess cremation maybe a better alternative. Ewe...

  • D Wood
    D Wood أشهر قبل +1


  • Blue Bee
    Blue Bee أشهر قبل +1

    *collects dead body’s and puts them in a box which is in a place called the library of *life* *

    Call it library of death

  • Aglow_Brisket
    Aglow_Brisket أشهر قبل +1

    So this is what gonna happen to my body when i die?

  • Mielle gaming
    Mielle gaming أشهر قبل

    Are they gonna eat us?Can they bite us?PLEASE ANSWER!!!!!!!Because we have flesh!

  • • Gypsical Moon •
    • Gypsical Moon • أشهر قبل +3

    When mum says “you have to eat your breakfast clean!”

  • A Lonesome Little Spinoraptor
    A Lonesome Little Spinoraptor أشهر قبل +1

    I might need these someday

  • Estephany Grullon
    Estephany Grullon أشهر قبل +1


  • Eleeth Tahgra
    Eleeth Tahgra أشهر قبل +1

    1:48 Now start the Nom Nom Nom song.

  • The Toon Station
    The Toon Station أشهر قبل +1

    It's good that in my religion,people get cremated,so I don't have to be worried about being eaten by these flesh beetles and maggots😂😂

  • caitey bear
    caitey bear أشهر قبل +1

    What a title!

  • Mr.Nobody
    Mr.Nobody أشهر قبل +1

    I'd hate to be the guy that has one of those bugs sneak on me and get into the preservation part of the museum

  • Aef Won
    Aef Won أشهر قبل +1

    So it this the same creature responsible to burried human/animal carcasses??

  • eoin ye
    eoin ye أشهر قبل +1

    *I N T E R E S T I N G*

  • TheNarwhalCorn
    TheNarwhalCorn أشهر قبل +1

    The intro sounds like the twilight intro when bella gets all sad and depressed 😂

  • Joy Saha
    Joy Saha أشهر قبل +1

    Hi Lauren,,,
    Nice one,, gives me goosebumps

  • Odin Franklin
    Odin Franklin أشهر قبل +1

    Let's say if one of the scientists fell into a coma by one of their research poison could they get eaten or do the body have to be dead before the Beatles eat

  • Matthew Nagel
    Matthew Nagel 2 أشهر قبل


  • Kristiani Waki
    Kristiani Waki 2 أشهر قبل +1


    MYSAINT111YT 2 أشهر قبل +1

    How About Human Body

  • XXEvolutionxXXX
    XXEvolutionxXXX 2 أشهر قبل +1

    Who want some steak while watching this video?

  • Jay McDanieL
    Jay McDanieL 2 أشهر قبل +8

    Me: "I'm brave, I'll watch this."
    1 minute later:
    "Itchy all over"

  • TheNraveles
    TheNraveles 2 أشهر قبل +1

    "Hey guys, just so you know I didn't get this skinny JUST from FitTea. Enjoy my morning routine. Xoxo (link in the description #spons)"

  • John Lawrence Emata
    John Lawrence Emata 2 أشهر قبل +1

    That's Shino's pets!!!

  • Pastel Kit
    Pastel Kit 2 أشهر قبل +2

    0:52 why am i seeing this
    i have empathy for animals [;_;]

  • Cosmic Kitty
    Cosmic Kitty 2 أشهر قبل +1

    I want that instrumental mix of the hearse song so bad, hngh

  • Mike Lee
    Mike Lee 2 أشهر قبل

    Mummy brought me here.

  • mark mark
    mark mark 2 أشهر قبل

    Ants will do the job faster

  • Slimestone1
    Slimestone1 2 أشهر قبل

    When I go to bed I’m carriying a flamethrower

  • isabella marin
    isabella marin 2 أشهر قبل

    it's my nightmare all over again

  • Dado Brackan
    Dado Brackan 2 أشهر قبل

    More like the library of death 0:28

  • shymickey6
    shymickey6 2 أشهر قبل

    I'm hungry

  • Jelah animates
    Jelah animates 2 أشهر قبل

    oh yes ive made my hot pocket, TIME TO WATCH!

  • Anatidaephobia
    Anatidaephobia 2 أشهر قبل +1

    Thanks, I hate it

    LOKE GAMING 2 أشهر قبل

    Wheres loren

  • XxScary vision
    XxScary vision 3 أشهر قبل

    Yeah I'm burning my ashes when I die

  • CaramelLeek
    CaramelLeek 3 أشهر قبل +1

    Tbh I think modern coffins are just a total waste. Like we are not going to dig the bodies up and look at them, so why bother keeping them from rotting anyway?

  • keyshawn walker
    keyshawn walker 3 أشهر قبل +1

    How do they get the beetles off without dining?

  • Ç Ř Ø Ņ Č H Man
    Ç Ř Ø Ņ Č H Man 3 أشهر قبل +1

    The music is like a scp ambience audio

  • Dang Dao
    Dang Dao 3 أشهر قبل +1

    Dang that what snake Fang look like

  • The truth Don't deny
    The truth Don't deny 3 أشهر قبل +2

    Why is the larvae larger than the adult?

  • Rob Low
    Rob Low 3 أشهر قبل +1

    I should not have watched this while eating lunch

  • Lily Meyermann
    Lily Meyermann 3 أشهر قبل +1

    No U

  • Sea dreams
    Sea dreams 3 أشهر قبل +1

    That scratchy noise is a bit disturbing! Ewww

  • Jose Mora
    Jose Mora 3 أشهر قبل +1

    These Beatles are descendants from 1924. *Impressed whistle noise