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 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
Scientists often use these beetles as laboratory animals because they are easy to keep.
Both the adult and larvae forms of flour beetles feed primarily on stored food products.