FOOD INSECTS

Confused Flour Beetle

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Description:


The adult confused flour beetle is a small insect measuring 3 mm to 4 mm long, having a reddish-brown colour. The confused flour beetle is very similar to the Toothed Grain Beetle, except that it does not have 6 saw-toothed appendages on each side of the thorax, like the serrated grain beetle.

Food:


The confused flour beetle feeds on flour and grind only, being unable to pierce healthy grains.

Habits:


We find confused flour beetle in supermarkets and other food stores from which we will introduce them to our homes with groceries. The confused flour beetle deposits a smelly secretion which makes the products unfit for consumption.

Reproduction:

The female lays between 300 to 500 eggs at random in or near food. The female lays 2 to 3 eggs per day during her life evaluated between 2 and 3 years.