always in my carbs!!!
Location: Buffalo, NY
August 4, 2010 7:59 pm
These disgusting creepy little bugs somehow ALWAYS get into any kind of carb I have in my cupboard-flour, pasta, sugar, etc, even if it’s stored in a container other than the one it came in, although glad containers seem to be working to keep them out. I often find like skins or something in there too like they shed or something? In the pic those are medium-sized shells & it was desperately trying to crawl towards them. Thanx!
We are confident that your Beetle Larva is in the family Dermestidae, known as the Carpet Beetles. The family contains the common Larder Beetle as well. As a family, bugGuide indicates the larvae feed on: “dried organic material of high protein content (skin/flesh of dead animals, dandruff, feathers, hair, mantid egg cases, dried foods, wool/silk, etc.); a few spp. prey on wasp & bee larvae or spider eggs; most smaller species feed on pollen/nectar“ and they are frequently found in dried pet food. Their fondness for grains at your place may indicate a species that has specific dietary preferences that differs from the family. We wonder if perhaps you have Novelsis aequalis, the closest visual match we can find on bugGuide, but alas, there is no information on the larval food preferences. You may want to discard all stored foods and begin with a cleaned pantry.