Darkling Beetle




AdultLarva
(Mealworm)

  Classification  

Order:   Coleoptera

  Development  

Holometabola

  Ecological role  

Scavenger

Economic
  importance  

They are vectors of several diseases and poultry parasites, and may also cause substantial structural damage to wooden structures and insulation materials.   When numerous, they may consume considerable amounts of poultry feed.

Distinguishing
  characteristics  

Adults are black or very dark, reddish- brown and about 1/4 inch long.   Larvae are yellowish-brown (wireworm-like) up to 3/4 inch long and accumulate in dark corners of manure or litter.




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Last Updated:   21 October 2003
John R. Meyer
Department of Entomology
NC State University