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Indian Meal Moths

The Indian meal moth larvae can infest a wide range of dry foodstuffs of vegetable origin, such as cereal, bread, pasta, rice and nuts. Adult Indian meal moths are up to 10 mm in length with wingspans of up to 20 mm. The outer half of their forewings are bronze, copper, or dark grey in colour while the upper half are a yellowish grey, with a dark band at the intersection between the two. The entire life cycle of this species may take 30 to 300 days. Female moths lay between 60 and 400 eggs on a food surface. The eggs are ordinarily smaller than 0.5 mm and not sticky. The eggs hatch in 2 to 14 days. The larval stage lasts from 2 to 41 weeks, depending on the temperature and conditions.

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