Indian Meal Moth

Plodia interpunctella

One insect is found more often than any other on stored food and grain in the United States. This is the dreaded Indian meal moth (IMM). Since they feed on any items containing grain or cereal products, the Indian meal moth alone is responsible for most of the insect problems associated with the food industry. This is one of the easiest stored food insects to identify because the adults have a colorful appearance and the larvae (which look like yellow worms) leave a silken webbing trail wherever they crawl. Newly emerged adults have bi-colored (copper and tan) wings and measure about ½” from top to bottom. The IMM most commonly feeds on grain products including flour, cereal, nuts, bird seed and pet food.

The larvae of the Indian meal moth, Plodia interpunctella, under some conditions are also good penetrators and may be the most serious pests of packaged foods (Mullen and Highland 1988, Mueller 1998).

Indian Meal Moth

Indian Meal Moth

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