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American Spider Beetle

Size:
About 1/8 of an inch

Color:
The abdomen is shiny reddish brown. The head, thorax, legs and antennae are cream colored.

Behavior:
Spider beetles are mainly scavengers on plant and animal substances and are usually seen in grains infested by some other stored product beetle. They often feed on parts of dead insects within the food product.

Cigarette Beetle

Size:
About 1/10 of an inch

Color:
Shiny brown

Behavior:
The female cigarette beetle lays 30-40 eggs over a period of weeks in a stored tobacco or dried food product.

Dried Fruit Beetle

Size:
1/8 of an inch

Color:
Brown with yellow spots on wing covers

Behavior:
These beetles are strong fliers and constantly search for ripe or fermenting fruit. More than 1,000 tiny, white eggs may be deposited by the female on ripening fruit on trees or fruit on trays drying in the open

Drugstore Beetle

Size:
1/10 to 1/8 of an inch

Color:
Reddish brown to dark brown

Behavior:
The female drugstore beetle lays up to 75 eggs in her lifetime and may deposit them on more than one food source.

Foreign Grain Beetle

Size:
1/10 inch

Color:
Reddish Brown

Behavior:
The biology of the foreign grain beetle is not well known. It breeds quickly, completing its cycle from egg to adult in as little as 30 days. It requires moist conditions and develops only when the relative humidity is above 65%.

Larder Beetle

Size:
1/4 to 1/2 inch

Color:
Dark brown to black with pale, yellow six-spotted band across front half of wing covers. The underside and legs are covered with fine yellow hairs.

Behavior:
The genus name “Dermestes” comes from Greek and means “to devour a skin.” Adult larder beetles are often found outside overwintering in crevices of bark. In late spring or early summer, they may enter structures seeking a food source on which to deposit eggs.

Saw Tooth Grain Beetle

Size:
1/10 inch

Color:
Brown to dark brown

Behavior:
Large populations of these beetles can develop in short periods, forcing adults to leave infested foods seeking new food sources. They have been known to invade every package or food stored near an infested food product.

Warehouse Beetle

Size:
1/8 to 1/4 inch

Color:
Adults are dark brown and oval in shape with varying patterns of tan and yellow markings on wing covers. Larvae are tan and have a long body covered with stout hairs.

Behavior:
Several members of the genus Trogoderma in the Dermestidae beetle family are important pests of stored food products as well as of fabrics and hides.

Bean Weevil

Size:

1/6 of an inch

Color:

Olive brown with brown or gray spots on wing covers. Its thorax is covered with fine yellow-orange hairs.

Behavior:

The female bean weevil deposits her eggs on bean pods in the field or on whole beans in storage. Each female lays up to 60 eggs in her lifetime and numerous whitish eggs can be seen on a single bean. Several larvae may feed inside each bean and a considerable portion of the bean’s interior is consumed. It is the larvae that do the damage. Adults do not feed.

Rice Weevil

Size:

1/8 inch in length

Color:

The rice weevil is dark brown and usually has four light-colored patches on its wing covers. The granary weevil is uniformly dark brown in color.

Behavior:

Both the rice and the granary weevil are internal feeders and the larva develops inside whole grain kernels. The female weevil bores a small hole into a grain kernel and deposits a single egg into the hole. She seals this hole with a gelatinous material and then repeats the process on kernel after kernel until she deposits 300-400 eggs

Indian Meal Moth

Size:

Up to 5/8 inch in length; wingspan less than 1 inch.

Color:

The front wings are a pale gray with transverse black wavy bars.

Behavior:

The female deposits her eggs in any suitable food material and usually fastens them to the food particles. Adult Indian meal moths tend to avoid light and rest quietly on walls and ceilings. This moth is a weak flier and becomes active after dusk or in low light conditions.

Mediterranean Flour Moth

Size:

Up to 5/8 inch in length; wingspan less than 1 inch.

Color:

The front wings are a pale gray with transverse black wavy bars.

Behavior:

The female deposits her eggs in any suitable food material and usually fastens them to the food particles. The adult moths are active fliers and fly in a very rapid zigzag fashion.