Cryptolestes turcicus (Grouvelle, 1876)†, †

Webster, Reginald P., Webster, Vincent L., Alderson, Chantelle A., Hughes, Cory C. & Sweeney, Jon D., 2016, Further contributions to the Coleoptera fauna of New Brunswick with an addition to the fauna of Nova Scotia, Canada, ZooKeys 573, pp. 265-338: 307-308

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Cryptolestes turcicus (Grouvelle, 1876)†


Cryptolestes turcicus (Grouvelle, 1876)†  

Material examined.

New Brunswick, York Co., Douglas , Currie Mountain , 45.9832°N, 66.7564°W, 24.VI-9.VII.2013, C. Alderson & V. Webster // Old Pinus strobus   stand, Lind gren funnel traps in canopy of Pinus strobus   (3), 1 m high under trees (2) (5, RWC); Douglas , Currie Mountain , 45.9844°N, 66.7592°W, 24.VI-9.VII.2013, 9-24.VII.2013, C. Alderson & V. Webster // Mixed forest with Quercus rubra   , Lindgren funnel trap in canopy of Quercus rubra   (1), 1 m high under trees (3) [1 male dissected] (4, RWC); Keswick Ridge, 45.9962°N, 66.8781°W, 19.VI-3.VII.2014, 13-29.VIII.2014, C. Alderson & V. Webster // Mixed forest, Lindgren funnel traps in canopy (1), 1 m high under trees (1) (2, RWC) GoogleMaps   .

Distribution in Canada and Alaska.

BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, NS ( Bousquet et al. 2013).


The adventive Cryptolestes turcicus   is considered a serious pest of flour and feed mills and is sometimes found in grain elevators and warehouses ( Bousquet 1990). Specimens from NB were captured in Lindgren funnel traps in an old white pine ( Pinus strobus   L.) stand, mixed forest with red oak, and a mixed forest. This stored product pest is not normally associated with natural habitats. Several poultry farms occur in the vicinity of the sites, and it is likely that these were dispersing individuals from these farms. Interestingly, two other stored product pests, Cryptolestes pusillus   Schönherr and Ahasverus advena   were also collected at one of these sites.