Insect Culture Lab

Stored Grain Insect Pests Research and Development Laboratory


The goal of organized insect rearing is to provide reliable, affordable sources of high-quality insects for their many important purposes. We are now able to rear literally thousands of insect species through multiple generations and many more for part of their life cycles. The greatest difficulty is to provide fresh host material or to develop a diet that is nutritionally complete and induces feeding. Precautions must be taken to start colonies with an adequate number of clean specimens and maintain them with very limited levels of mortality. These measures help to limit genetic bottlenecks caused by inbreeding, contamination with other species, and disease epizootics.

As production levels and the number of species increase, rearing must be organized into systems with discrete operations or activities. These operations incorporate the rearing procedures necessary for each stage of the insect’s life cycle plus acquisition and maintenance of supplies, equipment, and facilities. Facilities must be designed and constructed to contain and maintain the insects under specified conditions. Problems encountered in established insect rearing systems invariably are caused by inattention to procedural details or lack of environmental control. For the foreseeable future, advances in insect rearing will be focused primarily on culturing new species, maintaining existing colonies more efficiently, supporting advances in research and pest management, and increasing the use of insects in people’s lives.


Rearing of stored grain insects at IGMRI, Hapur.


Over 09 species of stored grain insect pests are reared for experimental purpose at stored grain insect pests research and development laboratory IGMRI, Hapur, India. Cultures are being maintained year round to take up broad spectrum research and development activities in the area of stored grain insect pests such as;nature and extent of damage, biology, population buildup, testing wide range of insecticides of different origin, environmental factors affecting the behavior of insect pests, etc.


List of stored grain insect pests rearing at IGMRI, Hapur India.


Sl. No.

Name of the insect pest

Scientific name

Family and Order


  1. 1

Rice Weevil

Sitophilus oryzae L.

Curculionidae, Coleoptera

Rice weevil

  1. 2

Khapra beetle

Trogoderma granarium Ever.

Dermestidae,  Coleoptera

Khapra Beetle

  1. 3

Lesser grain borer

Rhizopertha dominica Fab.

Bostrychidae, Coleoptera

Lesser grain borer

  1. 4

Angoumois grain moth 

Sitotroga cerealella Oliv.

Gelechiidae, Lepidoptera

Sitotroga Cerealella Male

  1. 5

Pulse beetle

Callosobruchus chinensis L.

C. maculatus Fab.

Bruchidae, Coleoptera

Pulse beetle

  1. 6

Cigarette beetle

Lasioderma serricorne Fab.

Anobiidae, Coleoptera

Cigarette Beetle

  1. 7

Flat grain beetle 

Cryptolestes minutes Oliv.

Cucujidae, Coleoptera

Flat grain beetle

  1. 8

Red flour beetle

Tribolium casteneum Herb.


Tenebrionidae, Coleoptera


  1. 9

Saw toothed grain beetle

Oryzaephillus surinamensis L.



Saw toothed grain beetle