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beetle - Stegobium paniceum

beetle - Stegobium paniceum
San Leandro, Alameda County, California, USA
September 24, 2004
Size: < 5mm
There were a lot of these for a while last year in my kitchen, in stored dry food on the counter. This one seems to be missing part of one antenna.

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beetle - Stegobium paniceum beetle - Stegobium paniceum

Ah, this one IS an anobiid, maybe even the drugstore beetle or cigarette beetle. The antennae are very distinctive for many of the Anobiidae, so thanks for pointing that out:-)

drugstore beetle
This does look like the drugstore beetle, Stegobium paniceum. See The antennae match very well.

Drugstore beetles are 2.25 to 3.5 mm, which is about right for the beetle in my photo.

I wish I'd gotten a photo of one with both antennae whole, but I didn't notice that one was partially missing until I downloaded the photos to my computer. By then I'd lost some patience -- beetles this small (and also running around) are not so easy to photograph.

Drugstore Beetle
I agree with the Stegobium paniceum ID, based on the link you gave, plus other images and info found on the web and added to the Guide page.

Have you got PhotoShop?
If so, you can make a duplicate photo, rotate it so the left antenna is lined up the way the right one should be, carefully lasso the left antenna striving to eliminate all background, and drag it onto the right antenna in the original photo. It won't be perfect, but the background and the fair degree of bilateral symetry of the antennae will help make it look somewhat natural.

Of course, if you're a purist, the very idea of this deceitful trick is repugnant :-)

... but I'm mostly too much of a purist to add the rest of the antenna with PhotoShop, at least not for a public web site. I'd do it under certain circumstances maybe; it would be kind of fun. :)

Mostly I wish I had more of these beetles in my kitchen for more photo ops, though I guess they weren't good things to have around.

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