Need This Bug Identified, Please
Location: Western New York State
July 8, 2011 7:02 am
Hi! I’m glad I stumbled upon your site. I’m having a problem this year with these particular bugs (beetles, perhaps?) in my home. Once, wandering around in the bathtub and three times scooting around on the kitchen floor. I’ve never seen these before, well, at least not IN my house! What exactly am I dealing with here?
Check the pantry. This looks like an adult Yellow Mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitor. The larvae are often sold in pet stores as live food for lizards and other small carnivorous pets. The larvae will also infest stored foods like cereals and grains. There may be a box of long expired food on the back shelf in the pantry that is hosting a thriving Mealworm population. Not eating your oatmeal fast enough? You can verify this identification on BugGuide.