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WHEN THE BEETLES are breeding and eating well they’ll complete three skulls a day. Production can slow to one skull daily if breeding slows. Jay’s flesh-eating beetles work on all size game animals, including moose. containing skulls several days a week from taxidermists and local or regional one-animal-at-a-time customers. He has customers from many surrounding states, and a lot from western Pennsylvania. The UPS driver was quite surprised when she finally found out just what Eberly does for a living. Considering his company’s name — Eberly’s Bugworks — she thought he worked on Volkswagen automobiles, commonly known as beetles or bugs. While frozen deer, elk, bear and other skulls arrive via UPS, some are dropped off. A hunter from Manheim dropped off a big buck while I visited last fall. Eberly thaws the frozen skulls and scrapes most of the flesh from the skull. Trust me: It’s neither fun nor easy. Maintaining four beetle colonies to perform his unusual chore, Eberly keeps them in galvanized metal tanks measuring 2-feet by 2-feet by 6-feet long. He uses smaller tanks for breeding beetles. “I have millions of larva at a time,” Eberly said, “I put one deer or elk skull in a tank. When the beetles are breeding and eating well they’ll do three skulls a day.” Production can slow to one skull daily if the beetles are not breeding well. When Eberly gets a skull he must reFun Game answer: C, A, T, C, H, P, O, L, E catchpole move the animal’s brain, which is not a pleasant task. “It’s not a pretty job,” said Eberly, “but when the skull is finished, I think it’s very pretty.” The skull is then placed in a tank containing a beetle colony, where they do their work, which is to eat every bit of flesh clean, both inside and outside of the skull. “Once the beetles appear to be finished I hang the skull over the tank. When the food is gone they drop off the skull, landing back in the tank,” Eberly said. The skull is degreased in a day-long immersion using a special fluid. “I then dry it and whiten the bone and it’s finished,” said Eberly. Most customers have the skulls mounted with its skin stretched over it in the common style, but some folks choose to have the antlers mounted directly on the bare white skull and hang it. “That is referred to as European style mount,” said GAME NEWS

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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
The Ghost of the Orchard
Deer Wrestlers
Hunting with Hounds
A Just Reward
Mixed Bag
Cheaper by the Dozen
The Ranger and the Grouse
The Thanksgiving Day Bear
Squirrels The Hard Way
National Police Shooting Championship
On the Road Again
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - The Ghost of the Orchard
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Deer Wrestlers
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Hunting with Hounds
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - A Just Reward
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Mixed Bag
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Cheaper by the Dozen
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - The Ranger and the Grouse
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 25
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - The Thanksgiving Day Bear
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Squirrels The Hard Way
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - National Police Shooting Championship
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - On the Road Again
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 38
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Crossings
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