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Ephestia woodiella
False Cacao Moth Richards & Thomson, 1932
Pyralidae: Phycitinae
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Photo © Matthew Casey,  17/06/2019 - Hethersett

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Similar Norfolk Species
Mediterranean Flour Moth
Ephestia kuehniella
Cacao Moth
Ephestia elutella
Wingspan: 14-20 mm.
Flight: June and September
Foodplant:   Plant matter.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Norfolk Status
Widespread records in recent years.
Unlike other Ephestia, occurs out-of-doors.

Formerly named Ephestia unicolorella and Ephestia parasitella spp. unicolorella (Staudinger, 1881, 1859) In recent European taxonomy (Leraut 2014) this species has been split into three, with unicolorella listed as a distinct species known only from Turkey and Spain. Renamed woodiella in 2019 UK checklist update.

One of six very similar species of Ephestia found in the UK, which are generally separable only by dissection of the genitalia.
Most wild-caught individuals are usually E. woodiella, with the other five species favouring warehouses.

Dissected records from Wheatfen. Scole, Leziate and several widespread records in recent years.

Verification Grade Comment: National Grade 4 - If recorded Indoors - Grade 4

Recorded in 50 (68%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 199.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
24/08/2021128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
18/08/2021227TG20 - Norwich
12/08/2021128TL99 - Thompson/Gt.Hockham
20/07/2021128TF92 - Fakenham/Ryburgh
18/07/2021128TF92 - Fakenham/Ryburgh
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