Khapra Beetle

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red, 6 legs, small, hard shell, tiny

This beetle’s common name comes from its habit of estivating in the pores of bricks used to build storage warehouses in India; khapra is the Indian word for brick..

 Adults about 1/8” (2-3 mm) long with females larger; oblong in shape. Color uniformly dark brown to black or vaguely mottled dark brown with black mixed in, without a clearly defined pattern; covered with hairs.

The khapra beetle prefers dried vegetable matter to animal matter for food but will attack almost anything of organic origin. Larvae feed on oilseed, cereals, cocoa, wheat, barley, and rice. They will also feed on dried blood, milk, and fishmeal, as well as pollen and dead insects.

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