In recent years abdominal lesions attributable to larval dermestid beetles (D. nidum) have appeared in nestling snail (Everglade) kites (R. sociabilis), wood storks (M. americana) and great blue herons (A. herodias). Although it appears that most nestlings affected have survived, the degree of threat posed by dermestid larvae to various avian species is as yet unclear.
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Larval dermestid beetles feeding on nestling snail kites, wood storks, and great blue herons
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center