The Moths of Suffolk
1417 Pyralis farinalis, Meal Moth, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and uncommon

Habitats : Gardens, woodland, hedgerows and scrub

Flight Period : On the wing from mid-May to mid-October; with peaks in June, July and September

Larval foodplants : stored grains

Morley's Final Catalogue : Generally distributed and not uncommon among corn debris, in pigeon-cotes, stables, &c. Ipswich, Monks Soham light, Debenham, &c, to Gorleston ; not noticed in the west.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 22-30mm


Confusion species
    AdultPyralis lienigialis
Pyralis pictalis, Painted Meal Moth

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Eye ( © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (2006) © Neil Sherman
VC25, Burgh Castle, Suffolk (30.vii.2010) © Brian Jones
Ipswich, Suffolk (15.x.2017) © Paul Kitchener