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May 5, 2012 8:52 AM

Help, what is this small red beetle in my house?

Hi everybody.  Just recently I have found a couple of these little beetles in my house, and want to know if they are anything to be worried about?beetle.jpg
  • It looks a little like a biscuit beetle, or Stegobium paniceum to me, but by all means look it up on google images to check as I can't be sure. Hope this helps! :-)
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      May 10, 2012 10:32 AM (in response to Ella)
      Re: Help, what is this small red beetle in my house?

      Hello,

       

      I would say this is not a Biscuit Beetle - it doesn't have the right proportions for that kind of insect. I think it is a Darkling Beetle (family Tenebrionidae), but I can't say what species. It could be one of the Flour Beetles Tribolium sp. I really don't know, but I think this is the family you should be searching into. You could always send us a few specimens for an ID:

       

      Identification and Advisory Service
      The Natural History Museum
      Cromwell Road, London
      SW7 5BD

       

      Please us a rigid container to protect the specimens from being damaged in the post.

       

      Yours,

       

      Florin

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