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Species Stegobium paniceum - Drugstore Beetle

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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)
Superfamily Bostrichoidea (Carpet, Powder-post and Death-watch Beetles)
Family Ptinidae (Death-watch and Spider Beetles)
Subfamily Anobiinae (Death-watch Beetles)
Tribe Stegobiini
Genus Stegobium
Species paniceum (Drugstore Beetle)
Other Common Names
Biscuit Beetle (in Europe)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sitodrepa panicea
Explanation of Names
Stegobium paniceum (Linnaeus 1758)
paniceum = 'of bread'
adult 2.2-3.5 mm(1)
antennae have a loose 3-segmented club, and elytral striae marked by distinct punctures(2)
cosmopolitan(2), adventive in the New World(3) (probably of so. African origin); more abundant in warm regions or in heated buildings in temperate climates
homes and other buildings containing processed and packaged food products or museum/herbarium specimens
year-round indoors
larvae feed on a very wide variety of materials of vegetable and animal origin (incl. drugs poisonous to humans, spices, tobacco, leather, wood, textiles...), may attack dried plant collections, old books, and paper; adults do not feed(2)
Life Cycle
larvae tunnel into substrate (4-6 instars in 4-20 weeks); pupation period 12-18 days; adult female lives 13-65 days; life cycle 2-7 months[Cite:185010]; 3-4 generations per year(1)
attacked by predators such as Tenebroides (Trogossitidae), Thaneroclerus (Cleridae), several carabids, and a number of parasitoid wasps (Pteromalidae, Eurytomidae, Bethylidae); eggs may be eaten by predatory mites[Cite:185010]
See Also
Cigarette Beetle (Lasioderma serricorne) has serrated antennae and smooth elytra, and its larvae have longer hairs
Internet References
Fact sheets: Cabrera (2007)[Cite:185010] | Murray