I dumped the rice into the boiling water, and, to my horror, little living somethings floated to the surface. They were about the color and shape of rice, and definitely not something I wanted to eat. Fortunately, Gene was willing to run out to the local market to buy replacement rice. He got back just before the guests arrived, and they were none the wiser.
Only later did I stop to wonder what the heck those annoying bugs were.
Now if I find a bug I can't identify, I go to What's That Bug? This is an excelllent site for learning about bugs you find in your house or in your yard. There are also helpful hints for ridding yourself of the most pesty.
What was in my rice? It wasn't a pantry beetle. More likely it was some kind of meal moth larvae . The only way to get rid of them was to throw all the infested stuff out, and even then there were reinfestations. May you never find out what they look like.
Other good sites: Insect ID from the University of Wisconsin, and BugGuide.net
Tags: bugs, insects