IndianMeal Moth

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6 legs, flying, Wings, yellow, straight antenna, club antenna, marbled color

The Indianmeal moth was given its common name by an early American entomologist (Asa Fitch) who found it feeding on cornmeal (Indian meal). It is probably the most important and most commonly encountered pest of stored products found in the home and in grocery stores in the United States. Of Old World origin, it is now found worldwide.

Adults with wingspread (wing tip to wing tip) about 5/8-3/4” (16-20 mm). Wings pale grey but front wing with outer 2/3’s reddish brown with a coppery luster.

The adults cause no damage. The larvae are surface feeders and generally produce a lot of webbing throughout the infested part of materials. They are general feeders and attack grain and grain products, a wide variety of dried fruits, seeds, nuts, graham crackers, powdered milk, biscuits, chocolate, candies, dried red peppers, dry dog food, and bird seed.

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