Seq # 490630010

Plodia interpunctella (Hübner, 1813) Species

Last modified: April 14, 2021, 12:28 p.m.

A fairly common species throughout Belgium, mainly observed in urban habitats.


Family: Pyralidae > Subfamily: Phycitinae > Tribus: Phycitini > Genus: Plodia > Species: Plodia interpunctella
Vernacular names
Indische meelmot (NL)
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E. 1862c. Notes sur quelques lépidoptères observés en Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 6: 170–176. On page 172.




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

Flight periods

The adults have been observed from June till October. There may be up to three generations per year. Indoors the species can be seen throughout the year.

Observed on

Stored products (grain, rice, nuts, etc.)

The larvae live gregariously in a silken web amongst the food: stored cereals, dried fruits, nuts or some other stored vegetable product, also on dried insects. Pupation takes place in a slight web in the larval habitation.

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