Tribolium castaneum - Red Flour Beetles

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

Red flour beetles, Tribolium castaneum, are important pests of stored grain.  This species is also a model genetic system, and its genome was the first ever sequenced from a beetle.

USA, AZ: Tucson, University of Arizona
18.iii.2006. Laboratory colony.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, using a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.