Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Dried fruit moth caterpillar

Ephestia cautella (Walker)

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pyralidae

Size range

  • Caterpillar up to 15 mm long


  • Widespread overseas and New Zealand

Life History

  • One of several species of moth that infest stored food products especially cereals, nuts, dried fruit
  • Larvae and webbing are often found in foods that have been stored for long periods

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