Indian meal moth

( Latin:  Plodia interpunctella)

This is a particularly serious pest in stores of food in warm regions of the world. It mainly infests dried fruit, nuts and almonds, and the larvae are also found in chocolate, and sometimes in cereal products. Under the most favourable conditions (at 25° C) development from egg to adult takes only 35 days. As in the other moths that attack foodstuffs the larvae leave the material they have been feeding on and move off, often upwards, in search of sheltered places in which to pupate. In the house the larvae may be found in packets of nuts or almonds.