Meal mothIndian Meal Moth

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pyralidae
Color: Copper reddish coloring on outer part of wings
Legs: Six
Shape: Elongated oval
Size: 5/8-3/4"
Antennae: Yes
Flight: Yes

The Indian meal moth was given its name after an insect scientist found it feeding on corn meal, also known as Indian meal. From wing tip to wing tip, adult moths measure from five-eighths of an inch to three-fourths of an inch long. Indian Meal Moths can be found in all 50 States.

These moths like to feed on dried fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, chocolate, candies, bird seed, dog food, powdered milk, dried red peppers and candy. The female lays 100-00 eggs, primarily at night.

Attracted to the light, these insects are found worldwide in areas where food is stored, such as grocery stores.

Indian Meal Moths infest foods and can contaminate food products.

Dried food products should be inspected thoroughly for signs of moth infestations. Discard infested foods in outdoor trash bins. Clean infested cupboards thoroughly with a vacuum and soap and water. Store food in sealed containers.

(Source: National Pest Management Association, et. al.)