Subject: What is this bug
October 11, 2015 6:40 pm
This bug is a bit less than 1/2 cm. It has been found in my kitchen around the stove and in cabinets. It eats raw spagetti for sure, as well as cereal.
There are many beetles that will infest stored foods in the pantry, and we believe you are being troubled by Cigarette Beetles, based on an image on the Pantry Pests page of the University of Maryland Extension site. According to BugGuide, the Cigarette Beetle, Lasioderma serricorne, feeds on: “Dry plant matter of any sort, including spices and tobacco.” It may also be the superficially similar Drugstore Beetle, Stegobium paniceum, and according to BugGuide: “larvae feed on a very wide variety of materials of vegetable and animal origin (incl. drugs poisonous to humans, spices, tobacco, leather, wood, textiles…), may attack dried plant collections, old books, and paper; adults do not feed.”