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.

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 2013.


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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
05/07/2013227TG11 - Drayton/Swannington
03/07/2013127TG11 - Drayton/Swannington
23/01/2011128TM09 - Attleborough
22/01/2011128TM09 - Attleborough
12/10/2008128TF50 - Upwell/Marshland
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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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