Pyralidae : Phycitinae
Photo © Jim Wheeler,  Upwell, 12/10/08 - gen.det. (male) by Jon Clifton.

Similar Norfolk Species
Ephestia unicolorella
False Cacao Moth
Ephestia kuehniella
Mediterranean Flour Moth
Ephestia elutella
Cacao Moth

(Hübner, 1796)62.064/1473
Norfolk status
Rare. (aka Warehouse moth)
Pest species, a very common insect in tropical and temperate climates.
Feeds on stored materials, nuts, almonds, cocoa beans and dried fruit, especially cacao (cocoa) and tobacco.
A serious pest problem in the chocolate & tobacco industry!
Sometimes found outdoors.
Very similar to E. parasitella. Genitalia determination required.

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded at Upwell, W.Norfolk, Oct 2008.
Stalham and Holme in 1995.
Barrett (VCH 1901) :- "Norwich;very abundant in grocers' warehouses, probably similarly everywhere."

Recorded in 6 (9%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1900.
Last Recorded in 2016.

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
31/07/2016128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
22/01/2011128TM09 - Attleborough
12/10/2008128TF50 - Upwell/Marshland
19/07/1995128TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
10/07/1995127TG32 - Stalham/Catfield
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Wingspan: 14-20mm
Season: June to October
Foodplant:   stored food materials
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
 Immature Adult
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