Ephestia kuehniella

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Ephestia kuehniella (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Mark Dreiling
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Ephestia kuehniella Zeller, 1879 - (Mediterranean flour moth)

The moth is a serious and wide-spread pest of stored grains and grain products like flour, bran and noodles. It can reach very high population levels and also attacks stored seeds, nuts or dried fruits. The larvae produce webbing which makes the infested products unsuitable for processing or consumption.

Among the various control methods available, strict sanitation in storage facilities is often considered the most appropriate approach. Like for other storage pests, methods like controlled atmosphere and fumigation are effective.

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Mehlmotte
• English: Mediterranean flour moth
• Español: polilla de la harina
gusano de la harina
• Français: teigne de la farine
pyrale mediterranéenne de la farine

The life cycle is about 2 moths from egg, through 4 larval stages, to mature adult. The adults are about 10-15 mm long, greyish, with darker zig-zag bands on the forewing.

Synonyms:
Anagasta kuehniella