Flour beetles are members of the darkling beetle genera 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 consume wheat and other grains, are adapted to survive in very dry environments, and can withstand even higher amounts of radiation 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 - mini mealworm
Larvae are less than a millimetre in length, and are also found in agricultural industries.
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