Flour Beetle

Flour Beetle

Flour beetles come in two forms, the confused flour beetle and the red flour beetle. Both of there varieties are considered to be the most common and the most serious pests of flour, cereal, and broken grains. They are closely related, similar in appearance, and are capable of emitting a gaseous secretion when disturbed. The adult flour beetles are about one inch in length, have a flattened shape, and are a shiny reddish brown. They live for about two years and the females are capable of producing 400 – 500 eggs in their lifetime.