Khapra beetle

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Khapra beetle
Adult Khapra beetle
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Dermestidae
Genus: Trogoderma
Species: T. granarium
Binomial name
Trogoderma granarium
Everts, 1898

The Khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium), which originated in South Asia, is one of the world’s most destructive pests of grain products and seeds.[1] It is considered one of the 100 worst invasive species in the world.[2] Infestations are difficult to control because of the insect's ability to survive without food for long periods, its preference for dry conditions and low-moisture food, and its resistance to many insecticides.[2] There is a federal quarantine restricting the importation of rice into the U.S,. from countries with known infestations of the beetle.[3]

References[change | edit source]

  1. Stibick J. 2007. New pest response guidelines: Khapra Beetle APHIS–PPQ–Emergency and Domestic Programs, United States Department of Agriculture, Riverdale, Maryland
  2. 2.0 2.1 University of Florida Food & Agricultural Services
  3. Chicago Tribune