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Visual Reference Library - Insects
 IN-8.0 Indian Meal Moth

Plodia interpunctella (H▄BNER)


A moth with a wing expanse of 14-20 mm. When at rest with closed wings, it is 8-10 mm long. The outer halves of the forewings are bronzy; the inner halves light grey to ochre yellow. The caterpillars are yellowish white, some-times reddish or greenish, with a brown head; they grow to a length of 17 mm.


Found in warehouses, silos, mills and food processing plants they infest a large variety of dry vegetable products.


Feeds on dried fruit, nuts, almonds, nougat, and other chocolate fillings but also on grain, grain products, confectionary and drugs.

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Last updated February 2010