Drugstore beetle, SEM

Drugstore beetle, SEM

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Caption: Drugstore beetle. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a drugstore beetle (Stegobium paniceum) on a breadcrumb. It is similar in appearance to its close relative, the cigarette beetle, but the drugstore beetle has clubbed antennae with three segments at the end. The beetle has a hood-like pronotum (body segment behind the head), beneath which it tucks its head if disturbed. The drugstore beetle is a pest of stored products, including prescription drugs. A symbiotic yeast living in its gut enables the beetle to supplement its diet and therefore live on foods that are poor in nutrients, such as pharmaceutical drugs.

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Keywords: animal, bread crumb, breadcrumb, coleoptera, coleopteran, coloured, damaging, destructive, drugstore beetle, entomology, horizontal, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, pest, scanning electron micrograph, sem, stegobium paniceum, wildlife, zoology

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