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Species Ephestia kuehniella - Mediterranean Flour Moth - Hodges#6020

Mediterranean Flour Moth  - Ephestia kuehniella Ephestia kuehniella Ephestia kuehniella - female Ephestia kuehniella - female Hodges #6020 - Mediterranean Flour Moth-  Ephestia kuchniella? - Ephestia kuehniella Arizona Moth - Ephestia kuehniella Arizona Moth - Ephestia kuehniella Ephestia kuehniella
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pyraloidea (Pyralid and Crambid Snout Moths)
Family Pyralidae (Pyralid Moths)
Subfamily Phycitinae
Tribe Phycitini
No Taxon (Ephestia Series)
Genus Ephestia
Species kuehniella (Mediterranean Flour Moth - Hodges#6020 )
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Indian Flour Moth or Mill Moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Anagasta kuehniella (Zeller, 1879)
Explanation of Names
Ephestia kuehniella (Zeller, 1879)
Adult: up to 12 mm long. Wingspan between 16-20 mm.
Caterpillar: about 12 mm long when mature.
Adult moth: pale gray with dark bands. Caterpillar: off-white with a darker head.
Life Cycle
This moth secretes a pheromone from their mandibular glands that triggers dispersal of the larvae and deters egg-laying females.(1)
Introduced from the Mediterranean. Pest of stored goods.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Insect-Plant Biology
L.M. Schoonhoven, T. Jermy, and J.J.A. Van Loon. 1998. Chapman and Hall.