Indian Meal Moth - Plodia interpunctella

    Description

    Wingspan 14 to 20 mm. A distinctively marked moth.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    This pyralid moth is a cosmopolitan pest species sometimes found in food warehouses.

    When to see it

    The adults emerge throughout June to early September. In heated warehouses, this may be in overlapping broods and may continue through the autumn.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on cereals, grains, dried fruits, nuts and dried insect remains. It spins a silken web amongst the foodstuff.

    UK Status

    Scattered records from around Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland where there are few records, but can appear in large numbers when found. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    Reference
    62.062 BF1479

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map