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Flour Beetle

Flour Beetle

Flour Beetle: Tribolium confusum

  • Habitat: Found in dry grain storage (even your flour jar at home!).
  • Size: 6-10mm long
  • Predators/Prey: They feed on grains and flour.
  • Population: life span 3yrs
  • Interesting facts: Commonly found in pantries and grocery stores because they infest stored flour and grain. They are a major pests in homes, as well as to farmers.

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Flour beetle

This is the original scanning electron microscope (SEM) image before it was colorized.

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Flour beetle

This is the original scanning electron microscope (SEM) image before it was colorized.

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Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.