Indian Meal Moth

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Plodia interpunctella

Appearance
  • Adults have wingspread of 5/8 inch
  • Wings are pale gray, with outer portion of forewing reddish-brown
  • Larvae are about 1/2 inch long, with dirty white color
Diet
  • Grains
  • Flours
  • Dried fruits
Habits
  • Adults fly around night time
Reproduction
  • Females lay between 200 to 400 eggs during the Spring 
  • Life cycle ranges from four to six weeks
Other Information
  • Larvae and adults are often mistaken for clothes moths
  • Adults live only one or two weeks
  • Larvae spin white, silken cocoons where they pupate, and sometimes leave "webbing" behind