|Dermestid beetle larvae|
Chris Barnhart identified the photograph as Dermestid beetle larvae. There are over 500 species of beetles in the Dermestidae family with a variety of lifestyles. Most of the larvae are scavengers, living on dry plant and animal matter, sometimes with very specific tastes. Dermestid larvae are profoundly covered with varying lengths of hairs (setae) that gave them a distinctive appearance. The larvae are generally dark brown to black and go through complete metamorphosis. Adults are less commonly found and feed on flowers and shrubs.
|Ventral view of exuvia within their dried frass|
|Home on the frass|
More species are discussed at Bugwood.org/