Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Little black bugs


Aisha wrote at 2012-09-27 02:35:25
It's a drugstore beetle!  (In case you haven't already solved the mystery) :).  Thanks so much for your post, because our house has been plagued with these annoying "buggers" for months on end.  Today, when I went for sugar, there they were--holes all in my bag of wheat flour.  Thank you also to Eric who suggested Googling "stored product pests".  I had no idea how to identify this insect.  

BobLiChung wrote at 2013-01-17 05:14:37
Hello! I saw these bugs at my home one day and a few weeks later they were swarming! Theyre probably from old medicine herbs or yeast. Something along those lines. What you should do is find the place where they keep coming from. Once you find the source burn it. Seriously the bugs will stop repopulating.

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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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