Indian Meal Moths: Damages and How to Trap Them

Indian meal moths lying on flour
Indian meal moth with nuts

The Indian meal moth is one of the common pests that are usually present in the stored products. There are unlimited infestations of Indian meal moths, but the common one is pantries. These pests can easily get into the grocery stores, grain storage spaces, plants of food processing and other various places where food is present.

In biology term, an Indian meal moth also known as Plodia interpunct Pella. It is from the family of moth which is called Pyralidae. There are many alternate names given to these moths. Many people know these moths as weevil moth, grain moth, pantry moth and flour moth. These moths are grain feeding pests that are present over the world.

The adult Indianmeal moths are 8–10 mm long in length yet with 16–20mm wingspans. Their outer halves of fore wings are of copper, bronze and dark gray in the shade. However, their upper half is of grayish yellow color with a band of dark color at the intersecting point. These larvae of these moths are in the shade of off-white but with brown heads. There are total 7-9 larval instars. When these larvae get mature, they come into 12 mm of length. They have total five pairs of properly developed prologs which help them to move easily from distant places.

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