Regulating Insect Contamination II

Dermestid Beetle Larvae

Hairs on Dermestid Beetle Larvae Can Attach to the Intestine

Not all insect contamination of food is the same. Although most insects are not harmful, some can cause illness or medical harm. For example, some dermestid beetle larvae have barbed hairs that serve as protection against predation. The hairs can dislodge during processing of infested grain. If eaten, the hairs can catch the lining of the intestine. Lodged hairs can irritate the bowels and cause digestive illness. It is important to manage stored foods to prevent infestation by these beetles.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is a retired Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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