Necrobia Rufipes

Ana Calheiros da Cunha Duarte Soalheiro


It is a predatory beetle of the Cleridae family. Adult individuals, who mesure 3,5-7 mm long, have straight sides and a surface with dotted intentations; they are of a sparkling metallic green colour, with red paws and antennae. They eat Calliphora flies that infest rotten meat, Dermestidae y de Piophilidae larvae. Adults eat on the surface, larvae bore into dried or smoked meat which they make useless for their commercialization. Despite the refrigeration has reduced the N. rufipes impact, it is still an important plague in the dried and salty fish, like the herring, or in the jam or other dried meats. These beetles have a great importance in the forensic enthomology.

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