Red flour beetle

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Red flour beetle

  1. 1. Red Flour Beetle Presented by: Asanthi Hippola Chandima Herath Sumuduni Madarasinghe Sachini Ranasinghe
  2. 2. Introduction • Kingdom- Animalia • Phylum- Arthropoda • Class- Insecta • Order- Coleoptera • Family- Tenebrionidae • Genus- Tribolium Tribolium castaneum
  3. 3. Morphology Red flour beetles are: • shiny reddish-brown in color • flat and elongated • approximately 1/8 of an inch long Characteristic features: • Antennae  two small antennae  consist of only three segments in the club  the tip is much longer than the previous segments • curved thorax • shallow grooves in the forewings • have chewing mouthparts
  4. 4. Life Cycle Egg Adult Larva Pupa Complete metamorphosis
  5. 5. Diets and Habitats • Diets  They will eat a wide variety of foods  Generally feed on crackers, cereals, nutmeats, rice , cake mix, wheat, oats, beans, legume seeds, dried fruits, chocolate, powdered milk, spices etc.  Prefer to feed on grain products • Habitats  products in cereal mills, food processing plants, grocery stores, households, and ships.
  6. 6. Damage • Cannot feed on whole undamaged grain • Often found among dust, fines, and dockage • Main problem is contaminating the grain • Large numbers of dead bodies, cast skins, and fecal pellets and liquids can produce extremely pungent odors in grain • The presence of live insects in a grain bin cause moisture buildup and molds growth
  7. 7. Control • Grain based product must be inspected periodically • Store in an airtight bag or container • Keep the food storage areas and machineries • clean, dry and crumb free • Spray the cracks and shelf corners with an insecticide such as Gentrol Aerosol • Use monitors and traps

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