Leaf Beetle (pea or bean weevil)

Leaf Beetle (pea or bean weevil)

5892  I am from Nova Scotia.  Last week we came home to find these beatle/ bugs in our kitchen. They are black , hard shell, can fly or jump a little about 1/8 inch long max.  We have killed about twenty so far I squashed them with my thumb as they seem hard to kill any other way. They don’t come out in the dark.  They appear to come from our pantry where we have canned or sealed packaged food, nothing opened.  We did have an open bag of potatoes in that area.  Help.  Gary

This is a leaf beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in the subfamily Bruchinae. Often called pea or bean weevils, the larvae of several species will infest seeds (primarily those of legumes), both dry stored ones or still in the field. If you have any stored seeds, including bird seed, check for signs of infestation. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.