I came back from recent hunting, been blowing out of the North,
and my Dermestid Beetle colony has been out in the garage,
They were not moving at all, like they were frozen in place, still all over the Blacktail rack, skull I had in there but not moving.
I had a gunsafe heater/defroster in there to try to keep it above 70F but moved them to a larger container and I think it got too cold.
I warmed them up, and a few started moving, but they have this white stuff under their bellies and now i am wondering if I gave them a salty Skull to work on as the recent Blacktail rack had sat out on the top of the house of the boat for a couple weeks on return from out west, may have got pretty salty, didn't soak it just stuck it in there for them.
They haven't been very aggressive on that, after cleaning up a Bear and Fox skull really nice.
Any ideas, what should I do for them? They're in a warmer spot now and I'm feeding them hotdogs, pulled the Deer skull for now.
I have an Elk skull I want to introduce but maybe need to let them recover a bit?
Here's some shots of my set-up and the bugs in happier days
I'll do a thread on this later but any ideas for a better setup?
So also I'm soaking the Deer skull, it's only about thirty percent finished, hoping to save them and set them back at it, it's really dried out now, hard to imagine them going after it, should I soak it then try again after drying for a day or so?