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Plodia interpunctella
Indian Meal Moth

(Hübner, 1813)1479 / 62.062
Norfolk status
Formerly a rare pest species.

Scattered records from across Norfolk. Once abundant in corn and seed warehouses, it became quite rare up until the 2000s, and has since been regularly recorded with widespread records across Norfolk.

Norfolk records of infested stored bird food, adults and pupal cases found in bought rice. In 2009 a story made the papers of an infestation of a house in Great Yarmouth via a contaminated packet of rice pudding!

Recorded in 28 (38%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1884.
Last Recorded in 2021.
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Plagued by moths - Great Yarmouth Mercury - Oct 2, 2009 - Miles Jermy.
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
08/02/2021128TF51 - Tilney/Wiggenhall
12/09/20201527TM09 - Attleborough
30/08/2020127TM39 - Loddon/Ditchingham
22/08/2020128TL88 - Thetford
07/08/2020128TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
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Wingspan: 14-20 mm.
Flight: June to September.
Foodplant:   Cereals, grains, dried fruits, nuts.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 Immature Adult

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