Red-legged Ham Beetle


Name: Red-legged Ham Beetle

Scientific name: Necrobia rufipes

Type: Checkered beetles

Family: Insects

Color: Blue,Green

Habitat: Stored Products

Size: 3.5-7 mm

Conservation status:

Resident Breeder


Insect follows Cleridae family, and Coleoptera order. Size is between 3.5-7 mm, has glossy greenish blue metallic colour; red legs and antennas. Insect feeds on meat fly larvas (Calliphora). Adult feeds on host surface whereas larvas feed inside dry or smoked meat, causing greater harm. Additionally, insect attacks bones, leather, coconut, dried egg, cheese and dried fig. Although cooling decreases the beetle's effect on meat, it is a pest attacking salted and dried fish.

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