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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  • justin cox
    justin cox 2 أيام قبل

    The mummy bugs are fkn real!

  • Samuel Bousfield
    Samuel Bousfield 3 أيام قبل

    How bout no

  • •Little Miss Infinity•
    •Little Miss Infinity• 5 أيام قبل

    I've watched so many bug videos that I'm now scared of these type of videos

  • loly lollol
    loly lollol 6 أيام قبل

    *M U N C H Y B O I S*

  • Kenneth LaGarde
    Kenneth LaGarde 7 أيام قبل

    Immediately thought of the mummy

  • ella huruka
    ella huruka 17 أيام قبل

    Scientists : lets study life!
    Life : *hugging death* nOoOoOoOo not without my bestfriend death!
    Scientists : *time to bring out the bugs*

  • Hao Chen
    Hao Chen 18 أيام قبل

    Wow I used to fed these little creatures when I was a kid. They Love dry dead meat! Now I know the name.

  • GG _bean
    GG _bean 18 أيام قبل


  • Superkennylogan
    Superkennylogan 18 أيام قبل +1


  • lowpolygamer
    lowpolygamer 19 أيام قبل

    who else got surprised that snek bones look like that?

  • TJ The Entertainer
    TJ The Entertainer 19 أيام قبل

    Is this why humans shouldn’t play God?

  • Rabbit BUBU
    Rabbit BUBU 20 أيام قبل

    Thats why i think when a person dies, he will simply disappear nowhere

  • shane Wolf
    shane Wolf 22 أيام قبل

    How does it smell?

  • Long Schlong McBigdong
    Long Schlong McBigdong 22 أيام قبل

    Do they preserve human bodies?

  • Kyle the Depressingly Sad Onion OwO

    These beetles are hungrier than the ants

  • Die Socke des lebens
    Die Socke des lebens 22 أيام قبل

    Oh gosh that background music xD pretty fitting

  • Queen of Rainbow Zebras
    Queen of Rainbow Zebras 24 أيام قبل

    How does the museum get the bodies? Do they wait until an animal dies naturally or do they get it another way?

  • Ab Kh
    Ab Kh 24 أيام قبل

    What if one crawled into your ear 🤭

  • Majid Alawadhi
    Majid Alawadhi 27 أيام قبل

    Theres a dead chicken in my street been there for a few months still intact no smell no insects nothing

  • Rat King
    Rat King 28 أيام قبل

    Yummy 😋

  • tooasty breado
    tooasty breado 29 أيام قبل

    If ther are to many bugs just fix the game

  • Forwen Eymnorty
    Forwen Eymnorty 29 أيام قبل

    Museums are important reminders of all the species humans have pushed to the brink of extinction and beyond.

  • T4T1ANA
    T4T1ANA 29 أيام قبل

    Idk if I should be amazed or scared.

  • Pumkin die
    Pumkin die أشهر قبل


  • smile cute
    smile cute أشهر قبل

    Faster than maggots?

  • Lance Rafael
    Lance Rafael أشهر قبل

    Are those salagubang

  • Unicornio Azul
    Unicornio Azul أشهر قبل

    Cameo a Chile salvaje aparece

  • B. Levin
    B. Levin أشهر قبل


  • Desert Eagle
    Desert Eagle أشهر قبل

    This is LEGIT making my skin crawl!!

  • Shadow Kid
    Shadow Kid أشهر قبل

    That snake is the only thing that satisfies me. I mean it’s a snake

  • *LaDY* *L0VE*
    *LaDY* *L0VE* أشهر قبل

    @0:54 ..... I couldn't figure out what type of animal that was?
    THEN, I thought 💭 hmm 🤔 they ONLY dealt with dead animals, so why was this one moving it's eyes. Then I figured out 💡 that it was an Asian worker. SMH 😑😂😂😂

  • Commando.G. H
    Commando.G. H أشهر قبل

    Can’t they just let the body’s decompose

  • Joshua Watson
    Joshua Watson أشهر قبل

    Welp now I know what owlhuts look like 🤢

  • Anik Samiur Rahman
    Anik Samiur Rahman أشهر قبل

    Reminded me of the flesh-eating bugs from "The Mummy" movie.

  • PeePee Swift
    PeePee Swift أشهر قبل

    Bring forth the holy hand grenade

  • Zharizard
    Zharizard أشهر قبل

    I really wish I knew the name of the music used here. It fits so well the ambiance :D

  • Daisy Fraser
    Daisy Fraser أشهر قبل +1

    Uninstall life?

    [Yes] | No

  • thanos rulz
    thanos rulz أشهر قبل

    It's library of the death...

  • Cuddly Crochet Buddies
    Cuddly Crochet Buddies أشهر قبل +1

    Soooooooooo I have some reptiles that eat insects and these turned up in my cage that I keep my crickets Because people will put them in to eat all of the dead and exoskeletons so yeah technically I have these as pets

  • Fine Banana
    Fine Banana أشهر قبل +1

    Just imagine being a banana

  • josh
    josh أشهر قبل

    The larva is like Nom Nom Nom!

  • Rori Raptor
    Rori Raptor أشهر قبل

    Oh I recognized "Never laugh as a Hearse goes by" melody in the end credits theme, oh youuuu.

  • Lorelai Myint
    Lorelai Myint أشهر قبل +2

    "And in the end, the bugs always win."
    Is that a threat?

  • Foxy148 the clever fox
    Foxy148 the clever fox أشهر قبل

    It’s so scary to see when they take off the feathers of the owl 🦉 it’s so scary I can’t unsee it

  • Nomeka_ Chan
    Nomeka_ Chan أشهر قبل

    This maybe the best thing ive ever seen-

  • Cydel Abores
    Cydel Abores أشهر قبل

    0:44 *c r i e s*

  • hobby gamer
    hobby gamer أشهر قبل

    Thanks 😆

  • eertikrux
    eertikrux أشهر قبل

    This is one edgy video

  • terramic
    terramic أشهر قبل

    1:34 plague doctor... ish very spoopy

  • American Fitty
    American Fitty أشهر قبل

    Please tell me I'm not the only that wants to see the beetle's eat a human body?

  • bomatt
    bomatt أشهر قبل


  • BtS pLeAsE pAsS tHe TaE aNd SuGa KoOkIeS

    When I die, burn me into ashes...

  • egg
    egg 2 أشهر قبل

    Noooooooo not a snake

  • Fake JerJer King
    Fake JerJer King 2 أشهر قبل +1

    tangina salagubang hahahahahahaha

  • Xander Ψαμπο
    Xander Ψαμπο 2 أشهر قبل

    "Library of life" when everything is dead and preserve. Wheres life in there?

  • Dark Soul
    Dark Soul 2 أشهر قبل

    I love these beetles 😍

  • Rohit R
    Rohit R 2 أشهر قبل

    Lauren I love your voice ......😘😘

  • Aryan Raj
    Aryan Raj 2 أشهر قبل

    The last line touched my heart and enlighten my brain.

  • MasterSP18
    MasterSP18 2 أشهر قبل

    Those beetles reminds me the beetles of the mummy.

  • Angga Nugraha
    Angga Nugraha 2 أشهر قبل

    Disgusting yet thank you for making the planet not stinky!!!

  • Zoe Lestrange
    Zoe Lestrange 2 أشهر قبل +1

    Anyone else get The Mummy vibes from this?

  • ꉣꏹꉣꉣꏹꋪꁏꋊꀤ
    ꉣꏹꉣꉣꏹꋪꁏꋊꀤ 2 أشهر قبل

    Why am I watching this while eating? 😵

  • Borex Batulan
    Borex Batulan 2 أشهر قبل

    The bugs will not win now to my flamethrower

  • Tatsusama
    Tatsusama 2 أشهر قبل

    That's so cool that the beetles used are the families of the beetles first used in the organization😀

  • Ileana Flores
    Ileana Flores 2 أشهر قبل

    I wanna be eaten like that when i die

  • birb boi
    birb boi 2 أشهر قبل

    I get slightly creeped out by this lol

  • Rhea chan
    Rhea chan 2 أشهر قبل

    Sooo if the beetles die, their larvae eat them?

  • bunnybear
    bunnybear 2 أشهر قبل


  • Fik Shun
    Fik Shun 2 أشهر قبل

    What a good life for the beetles.....

    PEACE 2 أشهر قبل


  • Yes plz
    Yes plz 3 أشهر قبل

    This actually made me hungry.

  • Shema Gamer
    Shema Gamer 3 أشهر قبل

    They are like Cleaners for bones

  • Porsche Dude
    Porsche Dude 3 أشهر قبل +1

    Be sure not to keep these in your house kids. They'll eat you in your sleep.

    • Rhea chan
      Rhea chan 2 أشهر قبل

      They eat live animals? now im scared

  • D.G. Echo
    D.G. Echo 3 أشهر قبل

    You could just like put the beetles in a separate building. And if that’s too difficult, two floors down

  • Mister Ugi
    Mister Ugi 3 أشهر قبل


    a small reincarnation of homer