Cigarette beetle, SEM

Cigarette beetle, SEM

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Caption: Cigarette beetle. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a cigarette beetle or tobacco weevil (Lasioderma serricorne) on tobacco. The cigarette beetle is one of the most destructive pests of stored products in the world. A symbiotic yeast living in its gut supplements the beetle's diet and it can therefore live on foods that are poor in nutrients, such as dried tobacco, cigars and cigarettes, and a variety of stored spices and vegetables. The beetle has a hood-like pronotum (body segment behind the head), beneath which it tucks its head if disturbed. It is similar in appearance to its close relative, the drugstore beetle, but has serrated antennae.

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