Visual Reference Library - Insects

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Ephestia elutella (Huebner) 
Wingspan:  16 mm 
This species is closely related to the meal moth and often found in warehouses and other areas where food or tobacco is stored.  
The adult moth has brownish grey forewings crossed with two light bands. The hindwings are paler and plain grey. The caterpillar is dark to start with, becoming yellow with a dark line down its back, and a dark brown head. 
The Tobacco Moth caterpillar is a pest on stored products, especially cocoa beans and tobacco, but also infests nuts, dried fruit and cereals. Adult moths do not feed.

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Last updated December 2016