Meal Moth - Pyralis farinalis


Wingspan 18-30 mm. The adults of this colourful moth rest characteristically with the tip of the abdomen curved up at right-angles to the body.

Identification difficulty

The species is found mainly in barns, warehouses and other grain stores.

When to see it

The adults fly from June to August.

Life History

The larvae of this colourful moth feed on stored grain.

UK Status

It is widespread throughout Britain but most often encountered in its chosen habitat. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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