A weevil is any beetle from the Curculionoidea superfamily. They are usually less than 1/2 inch in size, and herbivorous. There are over 60,000 species of weevils. Some other beetles, although not closely related, bear the name “weevil”, such as the biscuit weevil. Many of them attack crops or stored grains and can transmit diseases if accidentally ingested.
To expand on this topic, I’ve recently learned that if you have flour (or anything) with weevils, it’s because the larva were already in with the flour. It is possible from them to go form one package to another once they hatch and get out, but weevils aren’t a pest that you have in your house unless they came in a package from the store.
While its gross to think that your flour may contain weevils even if you can’t see them, its important to recognize that weevils, when cooked, aren’t harmful to you.
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