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Purchase dermestid beetles, which are used by taxidermists and hunters to clean flesh from skulls for
European mounts
Specializing in professional preparation
and display of wildlife skulls
and European mounts, using
Dermestid beetles
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Dermestid beetles are used by universities and museums, as well as hunters and those appreciating wildlife, to prepare skulls and other bones for display.  Boiling of skulls is messy, smelly and can damage delicate bone structures such as nasal membranes, loosen suture lines, as well as cooking grease deeply into the bone.  Boiling also shrinks skulls!  

Preparation with flesh eating beetles avoids these pitfalls.  These beetles are easy to maintain and multiply, by following simple procedures. 

My colonies are 100% healthy; I absolutely guarantee no mites, fly larvae or other pests occurring in my colonies. My colonies are housed in a new purpose-built, tight building, designed for keeping out other insects. I can guarantee no fly larvae, mites or other insect invaders in my colonies.

If not purchasing from me, you will want to insure yourself that other sellers maintain the strict quality controls I maintain for my beetles, as these pests could eventually wipe out your colony.  I hear frequently from frantic buyers who have purchased dirty bugs from others, and have had pests introduced to their existing colonies.

I include detailed written instructions for start-up, maintenance and growth of your colony, and procedures to prepare/clean skulls.  These instructions include important points learned from years of raising and using dermestids. These tips will greatly assist you in avoiding costly beginner mistakes while establishing and growing your colony!  I will gladly correspond by email or phone to answer questions and offer startup support to those who purchase my colonies.  Lots of questions can and will arise when culturing beetles and cleaning skulls with dermestids.  Don't take chances with your trophy, consider what after-the-sale support is worth...? 

Weird and Wild
Click Here to Read:
Flesh Eating Beetles Explaind on January 17
By Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato

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Your colony is shipped using Priority Mail, to insure rapid delivery. Normal delivery time is 2-3 days.  The beetles/larvae are shipped in the sawdust-like medium they create (called “frass”) when they reduce specimen and bedding material. The frass has insulating properties, and helps insure the colony survives the trip in familiar surroundings, ready to immediately begin cleaning and reproducing. The frass also contains beetle eggs, which will hatch within days. 

All shipments are marked “Perishable/Live Insects” and “No Heat/Freeze”. I have learned and employ several important points regarding successful packing and shipping of dermestids. In winter or if it is cold, I also include heat packs to insure they arrive safely
. A delivery confirmation shipping number will be emailed to buyers upon shipping, to allow tracking your shipment via USPS.COM.  

My beetles and service have been specifically recommended by professional taxidermists on Taxidermy.net.
  I have many references and repeat customers who will confirm customer satisfaction is the primary ethic behind my business. I am the dermestid supplier of professional taxidermists.

Please purchase with confidence!  Thank you for the opportunity to meet your needs.

Shipping to Canada/abroad: I do ship to Canada and many foreign countries. I possess the required export permit from US Fish and Wildlife Service. Due to Customs and clearance delays, foreign shipments must travel International Express Mail. The cost is $45 for CA shipments and slightly more for other countries. Contact me for specifics. However, I do add "extras" for my foreign customers, to help defray these higher shipping costs.


5000+ beetle/larvae colony - $450
+ 7% sales tax

1000+ beetle/larvae colony - $125
+ 7% sales tax

300+ beetle/larvae colony - $60
+ 7% sales tax

Payment and Shipping
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  • Be sure to provide an accurate shipping address, and an email address, so I can notify you upon shipping.

  • If you prefer to send a check or money order, please add 7% sales tax. This may be sent to: 
    KBBT, 24 High Meadow Drive, Lyle, WA 98635


All prices include shipping via USPS Priority Mail!
Immediate delivery is available; via Express Mail, for additional cost.

Shipments are normally made no later than 2-3 days following receipt of payment. Special shipping arrangements can generally be accommodated with prior notification. However, during the fall and winter periods (generally Nov - Feb), I experience higher numbers of orders, and occassionally, (as I am dealing with living animals), the "supply and demand" equation becomes an issue. For orders during this period, there may be a need to delay shipping by up to one week. If this is the case, I will notify buyers with details regarding shipping delay. If delayed shipping is a problem, I will gladly fully refund purchase price. I appreciate the patience and understanding.

For FAQ’s regarding maintaining a dermestid beetle, click here

Kodiak Bones & Bugs Taxidermy

Specializing in professional preparation and display of wildlife skulls and European mounts, using Dermestid beetles

(907) 942-BUGS


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