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Pyralis farinalis, better known as the Meal Moth, is a cosmopolitan moth of the family Pyralidae. Its larvae (caterpillars) are pests of certain stored foods, namely milled plant products.
About Meal Moths
It is the type species of the genus Pyralis, and by extension of its entire tribe (Pyralini), subfamily (Pyralinae) and family. Its synanthropic habits were noted even by 18th and 19th century naturalists, who described it using terms like domesticalis (“of home and hearth”), fraterna (“as close as a brother”) or the currently-valid farinalis (“of the flour”).
At rest, adult moths typically hold the tip of their abdomen at 90° to their body. Their upper wings are fairly colorful by moth standards, with a wingspan of 18–30 mm. Adults fly from June to August.
Why Meal Moths Are A Pest Problem
The Indian Meal Moth is found more often than any other on stored food and grain pantry pest in the United States. Since they feed on any items containing grain or cereal products, the Indian Meal Moth alone is responsible for most of the insect problems associated with the natural food industry.