Indian Meal Moths

The Indian meal moth is a common pantry pest. Damage to grain foods is caused by the larvae. The larvae (caterpillars) are found eating cereals, grains and even pet food products. The Indian meal moth is most destructive at the larvae stage, it can contaminate food products and breed in areas where grain/food products are stored. Food with webbing or actual larvae should be discarded of immediately.


Outer half of fore wings are bronze, copper or dark gray in color while the upper half are yellowish gray. Larvae are usually yellowish-white in color. Fully grown larvae can measure up to 5/8 of an inch in length.


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