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Ephestia elutella
Cacao Moth (Hübner, 1796)
Pyralidae: Phycitinae
1473 / 62.064
Photo © Jim Wheeler,  Upwell, 12/10/08 - gen.det. (male) by Jon Clifton.

Similar Norfolk Species
False Cacao Moth
Ephestia woodiella
Mediterranean Flour Moth
Ephestia kuehniella
Wingspan: 14-20mm
Flight: June to October
Foodplant:   stored food materials
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
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."

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 8 (12%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1900.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
16/08/2020127TG30 - Brundall/Cantley
31/07/2020128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
22/08/2018128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
03/07/2017128TF92 - Fakenham/Ryburgh
31/07/2016128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
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