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Beetles are the largest orders of insects (Order Coleoptera), with 300,000 and 450,000 described beetles on the planet

Consist of roughly 40% of all insects and approximately 30% of all animals on the planet

Pantry Pests or Stored-Product Pests are the most common beetles and infest these areas and feed on the foods commonly stored in these locations

Other types of pest beetles include plant-feeding beetles, such as chafers, Japanese beetles, and grubs

Beetles, such as lady beetles and fireflies, are beneficial in nature by predating plant-feeding pests, such as aphids and scale insects

Size: Worldwide, beetles can range from approximately 1/100 inch (fringed ant beetles) to over 7 inches (titan beetles) depending on the species
Shiny and reddish-brown in color

Body is rounded, oval shape and the head is often concealed by the pronotum

Looks very similar to a drugstore beetle

Distinguished by its smooth wing covers that lack the puncture marks

Golden hairs covering the body and serrated antenna

Size: Cigarette beetles are quite small, measuring only about 1/10 inch in length
Confused flour beetles are reddish-brown in color and have a flat body

Antennae end in a three-segmented club with the end being abrupt

Found in less temperate areas than the red flour beetle

Also it's found in greater numbers in the northern United States

Size: Very small, roughly 1/8 inch long

Known as "bran bugs" because they primarily attack milled grain products such as flour and cereals
They have a rounded, oval shape and the head is often concealed by the pronotum

This beetle looks very similar to a cigarette beetle

Distinguished by its punctate wing covers (rows of puncture marks)

Also lack of golden hairs on the body, and three-segmented antennae

Size: Drugstore beetles are quite small, measuring only about 1/10 inch in length
Dark brown in color and are somewhat cylindrical in shape

Prolonged head with a distinct thin snout extending downward from the head

Well marked thorax.

Size: Approximately 1/8-inch long

Internal feeders and cannot fly
Commonly yellow, orange, or scarlet with small black spots on their wing covers

Conversely black with small scarlet spots on their wing covers

Lady beetles have black legs, heads, and antennae

A very large number of species are mostly or entirely black, gray, or brown

May be difficult for non-entomologists to recognize as actual lady beetles

Size: Lady beetles are small insects, ranging from 1/32 to 1/3 inch in length
Reddish-brown in color and have antennae that end in a three-segmented club

Flat and elongated bodies

Found in temperate areas, but will survive the colder months in protected places

In the United States, it is found in southern states

Size: Very small, roughly 1/8 inch long
Dark brown and commonly have four light colored patches on their wings

Head is prolonged with a distinct thin snout extending downward from the head

Size: Approximately 1/8-inch long

When disturbed, they play dead by drawing their legs close to their body.

They breed quickly and can build up huge populations in stored grain
Reddish-brown in color

Flattened body and have six sawtooth-like projections on each side of the prothorax

Size Very small, roughly 1/10 inch long

Scavenger and cannot fly

Prefer cereal based products but have been known to invade a variety of food
Cigarette Beetle
Confused Flour Beetle
Drugstore Beetle
Granary Weevil
Ladybug
Red Flour Beetle
Rice Weevil
Sawtoothed Grain Beetle