Indian Meal Moth—Plodia interpunctella
Indian Meal Moths are probably the most common pantry pest found in kitchens and pantries. The larvae infest a wide variety of food products, especially those of plant origin. They have been found in stored grains, flour, cornmeal, nuts, dried fruits, powdered milk, candy, chili pepper, fish food, dry dog and cat food, seeds, and chocolate. Most of the damage to food products is caused by the larvae spinning massive amounts of silk that accumulate fecal pellets, cast skins, and egg shells. The moth received its common name from the United States where it was found to be a pest of meal made of "Indian corn" or maize.
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Identification and Control Information
- Fact Sheet: Indian Meal Moth (PDF)—Colorado State University Extension
- Fact Sheet: Indianmeal Moth (PDF)—Ohio State University Extension
- Fact Sheet: Indian Meal Moth (PDF)—Penn State Entomology
[Photos, left to right: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org; Pest and Diseases Image Library, Bugwood.org; Clemson University - USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org]