Destructive flour beetle

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Destructive flour beetle
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Tenebrionidae
Genus: Tribolium
Species: Tribolium destructor
Binomial name
Tribolium destructor
Uyttenboogart, 1934

The destructive or dark flour beetle (Tribolium destructor), one of the species of darkling beetle known generally as flour beetles, is a common pest insect known for attacking and infesting stored flour and grain.

It is a very dark brown beetle (darker than other Tribolium species) 5–6 mm. long. T. destructor is found in North America, Europe and Africa.

As well as damaging flour and grain, it attacks animal food pellets, rolled oats and poultry food.


  • Granousky TA. 1997. Stored Product Pests. In Handbook of Pest Control, 8th Ed. Hedges SA, Moreland D (editors). Mallis Handbook and Technical Training Company.

See also Home stored product entomology.

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  • Tribolium species are hard to identify. Here are four species side by side. Note that several species of Tribolium may occur in the same infestation.Colpolon