Keys for identification of storage pest- Cigarette beetle- #Indiafoldscopephase 1

  • Meghashree H M

Infestation found in: Tamarind seed flour

Fig. Infested Tamarind seed flour

Assumed pest: Cigarette beetle (Lasioderma serricorne)

Morphological charecteristics (for confirmation)

  • Antenna is serrate and all segments are uniform(Fig 1)
  • Elytra is smooth with no horizontal lines(Fig 2)
  • Bears a tooth near the apical end of femur ridge and tarsus of the hind leg is composed of 5 segments(Fig 3)
  • Hind wing with folding lines and has dot like cells between the lines(Fig 4)

Fig. 1: Antenna of Cigarette beetle under foldscope

                                                                          

Fig. 2: Elytra of Cigarette beetle under foldscope

                                                                    

Fig. 3: Hind leg of Cigarette beetle under foldscope

                                                                                          

Fig. 4: Hind wing of Cigarette beetle under foldscope

 

 

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