SAW TOOTHED GRAIN BEETLES
The sawtoothed grain beetle, is a beetle in the superfamily Cucujoidea. It is a common, worldwide pest of grain and grain products as well as chocolate, drugs, and tobacco. The species’s binomial name, meaning “rice-lover from Surinam,” was coined by Carl Linnaeus, who received specimens of the beetle from Surinam.
O. surinamensis is a slender, dark brown beetle 2.4–3 mm in size, with characteristic “teeth” running down the side of the prothorax. It is nearly identical to Oryzaephilus mercator, or the Merchant Grain Beetle, however, O. surinamensis has smaller eyes and a broader, more triangular head; O. surinamensis unlike O. mercator are unable to fly.