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Khapra Beetle

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Khapra Beetle
Khapra Beetle, AdultAustralia Pest and Disease Image Library.
Scientific Name: 

Trogoderma granarium Everts, 1899 (ITIS)

Common Name: 
Khapra beetle
Native To: 

Possibly India (CABI)

Date of U.S. Introduction: 

First discovered in California in 1953, but the infestation was eradicated; since then, it has been frequently intercepted on imported cargo (Harris 2015)

Means of Introduction: 

Usually found in imported cargo at ports of entry (Harris 2015)


Destructive pest of cereal grains and oilseeds (CABI)

Current U.S. Distribution: 
Not currently established

Distribution / Maps / Survey Status

USDA. APHIS. Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey. National Agricultural Pest Information System.

Federally Regulated

U.S. Government Printing Office. Electronic Code of Federal Regulations.


University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Australian Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre. Pests and Diseases Image Library.


Google. YouTube; Australian Government. Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. Or, to display all related content view all resources for Khapra Beetle.

European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Michigan State University. Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.

Texas State University System. Texas Invasive Species Institute.
Federal Government
USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
International Government

South Australia Primary Industries and Regions (Australia).

See also: Emergency and Significant Plant Pests for more resources

Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Western Australia Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Agriculture and Food Division.

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. PestNet.

Australian Government. Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

State and Local Government

Alameda County Community Development Agency (California). Agriculture/Weights and Measures.

Oregon State Library.
Prepared by: Oregon Invasive Species Council
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source Publication #ENY372


  • CABI. Invasive Species Compendium. Trogoderma granarium. CAB International. [Accessed Sep 16, 2017].

  • Harris, D.L. 2015. Khapra Beetle, Trogoderma granarium Everts. University of Florida, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension. Electronic Data Information Source Publicaton EENY-372 (IN667).

  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Trogoderma granarium. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].