Nemapogon granella (Linnaeus, 1758)
European Grain Moth & Wine Cork Moth
(one synonym : Tinea tesserella Fabricius, 1794)
TINEINAE ,   TINEIDAE ,   TINEOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Landcare Research Ltd., New Zealand)

This Caterpillar is a cosmopolitan pest, particularly of stored vegetable products. It has even been recorded as boring into the corks of wine and champagne. In the wild, it appears to feed on wild fungi. It grows to a length of about 1 cm.

The adult moth is white with brown markings, and has a wingspan of about 1.5 cms.

It has been reported in :

  • Denmark,
  • Germany,
  • UK, and
  • USA,

    and in Australia in

  • New South Wales.

    Attempts to control the pest have used :

  • pheromone traps.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig 19.15, p. 183.

    Carl Linnaeus,
    Insecta Lepidoptera,
    Systema Naturae,
    Edition 10, Volume 1 (1760), Class 5, Part 3, p. 537, No. 259.

    Gaden S. Robinson & Ebbe S. Nielsen,
    Tineid Genera of Australia,
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 2,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1993, pp. ix, x, 10, 246-252, 263, 279.


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    (updated 24 August 2004)