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Cryptolestes ferrugineus


  • Adult — About 1/8" in length. Flattened body with very long antennae. Light red to dark reddish brown.
  • Larva — yellowish–white. 0.5mm long growing to 4mm when mature.


  • Prefers warm damp conditions. 69–103 days at 21°C, 26 days at 38°C.


  • Adults are winged but rarely fly.
  • Feeds on cereals, dates, dried fruits and other commodities.

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