Grease Moth or Large Tabby
(one synonym : Aglossa cuprina Zeller, 1872)
PYRALINAE, PYRALIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Elaine McDonald, Nicholls Rivulet, Tasmania)
The Caterpillars of this species are a pest in commercial and domestic situations. They are dark grey with sparse hairs and black mandibles. They have been found feeding on :
They spin silken web through their foodstuff, making commercial materials unsaleable.
The adult moths have brown or grey forewings with a pattern including a number of dark marks along the costa. The hindwings are plain pale brown or grey. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
The adult moths feed on grease in a variety of situations, such as:
The eggs are oval and white.
The species occurs worldwide, including :
as well as in Australia in
Edition 10, Volume 1 (1760), Class 5, Part 3, p. 533, No. 232.
Pinero F. Sanchez and Lopez F. J. Perez
Coprophagy in Lepidoptera: observational and experimental evidence in the pyralid moth Aglossa pinguinalis,
Journal of Zoology,
Volume 244, number 3, 1998, pp. 357-362.
(updated 14 January 2011, 21 June 2019)