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Tropical Warehouse Moth

Ephestia cautella


  • Adult — 1/4"—3/8" in length with a wingspan of 5/8"—3/4". Grey-brown banded with lighter and darker colours.
  • Larva — whitish, yellowish or reddish depending on food. Tend to wander upwards to dark areas to pupate.


  • 31 days at optimum temperature (32°C).


  • Often linked with imported food cargoes. Primarily a pest of stored cereals, nuts, dried fruit, oil seeds and oilcakes. Rarely attacks tobacco and animal products.
  • Adults do not feed.