Red-legged copra beetle

( Latin: Necrobia rufipes)

This beetle has spread to most parts of the world owing to the trade in copra (dried coconut). Apart from copra it also eats carrion and like the larder beetle it will thrive in parts that are too dry for other carrion-eaters. It can also live on museum specimens, and has been found, for example, in Egyptian mummies. In factories and warehouses it attacks concentrated fodder, fish and bone meal, milk and egg powder, and will occasionally even cause damage to pharmaceutical products.

At a temperature of 22° C, development from the egg to the adult beetle takes about a month. In temperate regions it only produces a single generation in the year.