The Moths of Suffolk
1479 Plodia interpunctella, Indian Meal Moth, (Hübner, 1813)

National Status : Synanthropic

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : warehouses and storage buildings

Flight Period : Overlapping broods, with main emergence in June to July, but may emerge well in autumn

Larval foodplants : various stored food materials

Records : Stradbroke (N Whinney 2002), Eye (P Kitchener 2003)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Lowestoft before 1890 (Crf); and in great numbers there, along with the next kind, during 1933-36 in a baker's shop of high temperature in the town (Gd, Trans. ii, 186).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 14-20mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Reared from larvae sent in as a customer complaint to the food industry - Sudbury, Suffolk (27.x.2005) © Stuart Read

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Reared from larvae sent in as a customer complaint to the food industry - Sudbury, Suffolk (27.x.2005) © Stuart Read
Found indoors - Woolpit, Suffolk (20.v.2009) © P Bryant
Came to MV - Ipswich, Suffolk (22.vii.2013) © Paul Kitchener