Flour Beetle Animal Pictures

© Tomasz Klejdysz/Shutterstock.com

The confused flour beetle Tribolium confusum is a type of darkling beetle known as a flour beetle, is a common pest insect in stores and homes known for attacking and infesting stored flour and grain.

Flour Beetle
© Tomasz Klejdysz/Shutterstock.com

Flour beetles are darkling beetles in the genera Tribolium or Tenebrio. These beetles are well-known pests of stored cereals such as wheat and other grains.

The red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum on oatmeal. It is a worldwide pest of stored products, particularly food grains

Flour Beetle
© Tomasz Klejdysz/Shutterstock.com

Scientists often use these beetles as laboratory animals because they are easy to keep. 

© iStock.com/Tomasz Klejdysz

Both the adult and larvae forms of flour beetles feed primarily on stored food products.