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Mar 11, 2013 7:33 PM

Hi could someone please help me identify this bug found in our kitchen. Its about 2 mm long. Is it something to be concerned about? Thanks.

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  • It looks to be a small weevil - a beetle from the Curculionoidea superfamily.

     

    Sorry, but if your photo was clearer, we might be able to identify it better (there are about 60,000 species of weevil). I know it is tough to take sharp and well-lit photos of such small creatures.

    (Tip: When photographing a dark subject against a light background, as here, set your camera to overexpose by 1 or two stops if you can. If you don't, your camera will make its usual presumption about the brightness of the scene ('18% grey'), not knowing that is not pertient to this type of scene.)

     

    Regarding your concern...

    To quote from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weevil

    "Weevils are often found in dry foods including nuts and seeds, cereal and grain products, such as pancake mix. In the domestic setting, they are most likely to be observed when a bag of flour is opened. Their presence is often indicated by the granules of the infested item sticking together in strings, as if caught in a cobweb."

    But they, like many another insect, can find their way into our homes just by accident. Not all of them are a cause for concern.

     

    If you can observe your weevil under a magnifying glass (easier than photographing it again), you may be able to identify it a little further using the table on the Wiki page above.

    The first thing to look for is the down-curved snout (rostrum) - that's the character that points to it being a weevil. From your photo, I'm inferring that is what I can see, but you can confirm.

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