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Meal moth

Pyralis farinalis


Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota



Size: 1/4 - 3/8 inch long; 3/4 - 1 inch

Description: Dark reddish brown band across the top and bottom of the wings; also olive or yellowish green band, outlined by wavy white lines in the center; abdomen is typically curved up at a 90o angle when at rest.

Where/When: Meal moths are found indoors, especially in kitchens and other rooms where dried food products, such as cereal, pasta, dry pet food, bird seed, grain-based products, dried fruits, chocolate, nuts, and spices are found. These moths can be present all year.

Significance: Adults don't harm people or property. However larvae consume and contaminate dried food products.

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