Pest Guides

Fungus Beetles

Family — Cryptophagidae


Fungus Beetles
  • About 1.5mm (Plaster beetle) and 3.5mm (Fungus beetle).



  • Life cycle usually completed at 54 days but can live for up to 5 months in warm temperatures.


  • Fungus beetles may carry moulds from one commodity to another in damp warehouses.
  • May contaminate food.
  • Minor pests on damp plaster, particularly in newly–built houses. Also in mills and warehouses where they may infest damp foodstuffs.