Indian Meal Moths

Plodia interpunctella



Primarily nocturnal flyers, Indian Meal Moths have a wingspan of about 5/8 of an inch, pale gray in color with the outer portion of the forewing showing a red-brown. In their larval stage, Indian Meal Moths measure about 1/2 inch, are dirty white, and feed mailing on grains, flours and fruits.

Females lay up to 400 eggs each spring, with the lifecycle ranging from 4 to 6 weeks and adults lasting only one or two weeks. Indian Meal Moths are often mistaken for Clothes Moths. The Indian Meal Moth larvae spin white, silken cocoons where they pupate, occasionally leaving the webbing behind.


Indian meal moths are also sometimes referred to as “flour moths” or “pantry moths”. (Factoid Source: wikipedia)