A 2-4 mm long, squat beetle, almost hemispherical, reddish-brown and covered with fine hairs; the head is hidden under the domed neck shield; the wing covers have no markings. The antennae are saw-like; the segments are practically identical. The larva is very hairy and grows to a length of up to 4 mm.
They are frequently carried from warmer areas to temperate zones, where they can only survive in warm storages. Attacks not only leaf and processed tobacco but also a large number of other dry vegetable products such as herbs, oilseed cake, rice, cocoa, groundnuts, figs, dates, paprika, etc. Practically all damage is done by the larvae.