Cigarette Beetle

 

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6 legs, brown, orange, Wings, hard shell, oval

The cigarette beetle gets its common name because it attacks tobacco wherever it is stored. Its distribution is worldwide.

Adults about 1/16-1/8” (2-3 mm) long and oval. Color light brown. Antennae serrate or sawlike. Punctures or pits on elytra (wing covers) irregular or scattered in distribution, not arranged in rows. 

The cigarette beetle attacks a host of items such as paprika, dry dog food, beans, biscuits, chickpeas, cigars, cigarettes, cocoa beans, coffee beans, cottonseed (before and after harvest), dates, dried banana, dried cabbage, dried carrot, dried fruits, raisins, rice, yeast, seeds, spices, furniture stuffing, bookbinder’s paste and books, and even insecticides containing pyrethrum. It also attacks animal material such as dried fish, fish meal, meat meal, leather, silk, and even dried insects. Dry dog food and paprika are most commonly attacked in the home.

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