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Species Alphitobius diaperinus - Lesser Mealworm

Lesser Mealworm - Alphitobius diaperinus Alphitobius - Alphitobius diaperinus Platydema? - Alphitobius diaperinus Tenebrionidae, pronotum - Alphitobius diaperinus Alphitobius diaperinus Another Blapstinus? - Alphitobius diaperinus Uloma? - Alphitobius diaperinus Uloma? - Alphitobius diaperinus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles)
Subfamily Tenebrioninae
Tribe Alphitobiini
Genus Alphitobius
Species diaperinus (Lesser Mealworm)
Explanation of Names
Alphitobius diaperinus (Panzer 1797)
Identification
Broadly oval, moderately convex. Black or brownish, usually shiny.
Range
of tropical (likely, Afrotropical) origin(1), nearly cosmopolitan(2); introduced to NA from Europe before 1910)(3)
Habitat
damp and moldy flour, meal, grain products(2); poultry houses (breeds in deep litter and in droppings)(1)
Food
damp and moldy flour, meal, grain products(2); larvae and adults also feed on dead animals(1)
Remarks
Vector of many poultry pathogens(1)
Internet References
Species fact sheet by J.C. Dunford & P.E. Kaufman
Works Cited
1.Beetles associated with stored products in Canada: An identification guide
Bousquet Y. 1990. Research Branch Agriculture Canada, Publication 1837.
2.Handbook of urban insects and arachnids: A handbook of urban entomology
Robinson W.H. 2005. Cambridge University Press.
3.The Tenebrionidae (Coleoptera) of the Maritime Provinces of Canada
Majka C.G., Bouchard P., Bousquet Y. 2008. The Canadian Entomologist 140: 690-713.