Indian Meal Moth

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

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