Two flour beetles are common in Maine: the confused (Tribolium confusum) and the red (Tribolium castaneum). They primarily attack milled grain products, such as flour and cereals, and will be found in cake and pancake mixes, spices, powdered milk, chocolate, dried fruit and dry pet food. Badly infested flour is characterized by a sharp odor and moldy flavor.
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Identification and Control Information
- Pest Management Fact Sheet: Flour Beetles (PDF)—University of Maine Cooperative Extension
- Stored Product Pests: Flour Beetles (PDF)—U.S. Army Public Health Command
[Photos, left to right: Clemson University - USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org; Peggy Greb, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org; Frank Peairs, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org]