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I think it's fair warning that these little guys may be infesting your products. The link I used as my source for this information has more detailed info on how to check and what kind of cigarette beetle can ride around in there!


The size (~2 inches), broad "quadrate" head, and long posterior abdomen leads me to believe this is a relative large larva of a Predaceous Diving Beetle (family Dytiscidae). The larvae are sometimes called "water tigers" due to their large mandibles and voracity as aquatic predators. One possible example: Dytiscus marginalis; Sources:...


From these photos, the main features to go on are the dorsal black and red markings, the coloured bands on the legs, the white dots on the abdomen, and the shape of the body. These features does match well with this species, which is common in southern North America: Milkweed Assassin Bug (Zelus longipes) The bite from this species is supposed to be very ...


This appears to be the exuvia (i.e., molted) pupa of some sort of moth. One Australian species with a similar-looking and sized pupa is the bardee or rain moth (Trictena atripalpis; or Abantiades atripalpis): Credit: Dianne Clark ; Source: Coffs Harbour Butterfly House See another similar looking (and coincidentally 8cm long) specimen here:


Short answer I think this could possibly be the nymph of some sort of cockroach. Long answer I initially thought these were aphids of some type due to their pear-like body shapes and the small pair of upright projections coming off their backsides (possibly cornicles?). However, zooming into some of your more-detailed specimens in the 2nd photo ...

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