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Ephestia elutella (Hübner, 1796)

A rather common species in Belgium, mostly found indoors.

The larva is polyphagous on all kinds of stored materials, especially on cacao and tobacco, but also on other stored cereals. It hibernates as a larva in a cocoon and pupates there during spring. It can be  sometimes a pest of stored products, especially in warehouses.

The adults fly from late April till October. They are active at night and come to light. 


Belgium, Antwerpen, Mortsel, 28 April 2007.
f 'semirufa' (Photo © Leo Janssen)

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