- Flour beetle
Flour beetles Scientific classification Domain: Eukaryota Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Subphylum: Hexapoda Class: Insecta Order: Coleoptera Family: Tenebrionidae (partim) Genera
Flour beetles are members of the darkling beetle genus Tribolium or Tenebrio. They are pests of cereal silos and are widely used as laboratory animals, as they are easy to keep. The flour beetles enjoy wheat and other grains and are adapted to survive in very dry environments and can withstand high amounts of radiation (even more than cockroaches). They are a major pest in the agricultural industry and are highly resistant to insecticides.
- Tribolium castaneum – red flour beetle
- Tribolium confusum – confused flour beetle
- Tribolium destructor – destructive flour beetle
- Tenebrio molitor – mealworm beetle
- Tenebrio obscurus
Larvae are less than a millimetre in length, and are also found in agricultural industries.
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