Scientific Name: Lasioderma serricorne
Other Common Names: Tobacco Beetle
Species documented in 1792 by Fabricius.
Adult Cigarette Beetles measure approximately 2 to 3 mm in length. They are reddish brown in colour, with a head concealed by the pronotum.
Female beetles may lay between 10 to 100 eggs, with larvae emerging after 6 to 10 days. Pupation then takes from 1 to 3 weeks. Adults live from 1 to 4 weeks.
The Cigarette Beetles prefer warmer climates, which also assists in their reproduction. Their lifespan is reduced when in cooler climates.
These insects are considered a pest and cause economic loss as they enter packaged products and feed on the contents.
As their name suggests, they also feed on stored tobacco.
Cigarette beetles were found in dried resin from an Egyptian tomb of King Tutankhamun.
Brian J. Cabrera, 2006. Cigarette Beetle – Lasioderma serricorne F., University of Florida. Available from: <http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/urban/stored/cigarette_beetle.htm> [Accessed 19th January 2007]