One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small brown darkling beetle that is a widespread pest of flour and other cereal products.
Genera Tribolium, Gnathocerus, and others, family Tenebrionidae: several species
- ‘This study examined the genetic basis of susceptibility to a tapeworm in the red flour beetle that serves as an intermediate host in its transmission.’
- ‘In either case, damage to stored grain by the lesser grain borer, rice weevil, red flour beetle, and rusty grain beetle costs the U.S. wheat industry about $500 million annually.’
- ‘The red flour beetle is a major pest of stored grain and grain products and a popular model species for a variety of ecological, evolutionary, and developmental biology studies.’
- ‘IGRs aren't toxic to humans, and they can suppress populations of important stored-product insect pests, such as the red flour beetle and the confused flour beetle.’
- ‘The larva of the flour beetle Tribolium castaneum exemplifies this level of evolutionary organization.’
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