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1417 ~ Pyralis farinalis ~ Meal moth
UK Status

Resident. Widespread throughout Britain but never common.

Montgomeryshire Status

Recorded from a few sites in the eastern half of the county.

Wingspan :   M & F, 22-30mm.

Confusion species

P. liengialis and P. pictalis.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Associated with mills, stables and outhouses.


Stored grain.

Lifestage data

Grain feeder. Eggs laid on grain. Larva forms a tough silken gallery interwoven with cereal debris. Pupates in a cocoon.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by DB, 1st Aug 2011, Middletown.