(erroneously: Ephestia fugulilla)
PHYCITINAE, PYRALIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Caroline Harding, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, New Zealand )
This Caterpillar is white with four rows of purplish brown spots along the back, and a brown head and collar. It grows to a length of about 1 cm. It is a pest of any stored foodstuff, particularly fruit, and especially grapes. It really prefers grapes that are damaged already and still moist.
The adult moth has fawn forewings, each with a dark band across the middle, a dark submarginal band, and some dark spots along the margin. The hindwings are white with dark shading along the hind-margin. The dark markings wear off easily, and can be absent in older specimens. The moth has a wing span of about 2 cms. The mating behaviour has been investigated, and some of the pheromones have been determined.
The species occurs world-wide, for example in:
and having been introduced by unfortunate accident, also occurs in Australia in
The species may be controlled using :
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 350.
Charles Stuart Gregson,
Description of an Ephestia new to science,
Volume 5 (1871), p. 385.
(updated 11 September 2008, 18 April 2014, 2 August 2020, 12 February 2022)