from India, this species was first found in Europe in about 1877.
Nowadays it is a widespread, but local and rather rare species in
Belgium. It is sometimes a pest of stored products, especially in flour
mills and large bakeries.
larva lives in a sliken tube on flour. It also occurs on other stored
vegetable products or on dead insects. It hibernates. It pupates in a
tough silken cocoon attached to a solid object near its food.
adults have been observed from April till October and are most often
Antwerpen, Boechout, 13 March 2011.
indoors at bakery
(Photo © Chris Snyers)