paper mache—pantry beetle?
Hi there Mr.Bug man!
I am so intrigued by your website! I only wish I knew about it six months ago when we took down a paper mache tree I made for my son’s room. A few years ago, I created a three dimensional tree on his wall using school-type brown paper towels and a paste of flour and water. My masterpiece looked even more life-like within a couple years when it became the home for thousands of teeeeny-tiny little brown beetles. I never imagined it was the paper mache tree that continually lured these little guys into his room each summer until we finally noticed pin holes throughout. YUCK! Based on your description and photos of the pantry beetle, it would be my guess. What do you think?
Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge!
Sincerely creeped out,
You are so correct. They have eaten our papier mache diorama projects in the past.