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Both are small reddish brown beetles. Both beetles have their heads pointing downward and backward to the point that the head is not always visible. They are both about 1/10 to 1/8 inch (2-3 mm) long and brown. The cigarette beetle has a shiny appearance. The drugstore beetle is similar to the cigarette beetle in appearance but is slightly larger, more elongate, and has distinctly grooved wing covers. The last three segments of the antennae are like a saw. Drugstore Beetle: Coleoptera: Anobiidae, Stegobium paniceum. Cigarette Beetle: Coleoptera: Anobiidae, Lasioderma serricorne (Fabricius)
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
March 8, 2016