Create an Account E-mail: Password: Recover password

Authors Contacts Get involved Русская версия


Pyralis farinalis (Linnaeus, 1758)

Имаго  (Pyralis farinalis)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Pyraloidea family Pyralidae subfamily Pyralinae tribe Pyralini genus Pyralis → species Pyralis farinalis

Species name(s)

Pyralis farinalis (Linnaeus, 1758) = Asopia domesticalis Zeller, 1847 = Pyralis fraterna Butler, 1879 = Pyralis manihotalis Matsumura, 1900 = Pyralis meridionalis Schmidt, 1934 = sardoplumbea Schawerda, 1936 = marianii Hartig, 1951 = Pyralis orientalis Amsel, 1961.


Zoogeographical regions

Palaearctic, Nearctic, Neotropic, Ethiopic, Indo-Malayan, Australian.

Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #7. Evropeisky yuzhno-tayozhny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #9. Evropeisky Tsentralno-Chernozyomny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #12. Nizhnevolzhsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #14. Vostochno-Kavkazsky; #16. Sredne-Uralsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #19. Sredneobsky; #20. Yuzhno-Zapadnosibirsky; #24. Gorno-Altaisky; #36. Sredne-Amursky; #37. Nizhne-Amursky; #39. Yuzhno-Kurilsky; #40. Primorsky.

Forewing length

5—15 mm.


19—32 mm.

Primary colors

Yellow, Brown/Gray/Black.

Flight time

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Имаго  (Pyralis farinalis)

Detailed information with references

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • A common man in buildings butterfly - especially those where the stored grain or flour. Fore wing length 0.5-1.5 cm. The front wings are two typical white stripes that divide each wing into three parts, the tip of the abdomen is often bent upwards. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • The front wings crimson-brown, with olive-green-yellow median area bounded by white lines. Hind wings gray. Wingspan - 20 mm. At rest the tip of the abdomen of a butterfly bends upwards and holds the straightened wings. [11]. Peter Khramov.
  • Wingspan: 19-32 mm. Personal communication. Vasiliy Feoktistov.


  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Corsica, Crete, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, Turkey - European part, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1]. Peter Khramov.
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, East Caucasus, Gorno-Altaisk, the European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, the European Central European South taiga, the Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Nizhne-Amur, Lower Volga, Seaside, Mid-Amur , Mid-Volzhsky, Mid-Ural, Sredneobskaya,South West Siberian Yuzhno-Kuril, South Ural. [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Austria, Azores, Albania, Baleares, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Ireland, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland part), Canary Islands, Corsica, Crete, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg,Madeira, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway (mainland), the Channel Islands, Poland, Portugal (mainland), Romania, Russia, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey (European part), Finland, France (mainland) Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [10]. Peter Khramov.
  • Following the man Pyralis farinalis spread throughout the world. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • Several generations per year. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • Preferably the second half of the summer. [11]. Peter Khramov.
  • June August Personal communication. Vasiliy Feoktistov.

Additional info about Imago

  • Flour moth is found in granaries and other grain warehouses. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva food plants

  • Flour moth caterpillars feed on seeds and food. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • Flour, grain, chaff and straw potatoes in bags. [11]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Larva

  • Caterpillar stage lasts a few weeks. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • The larva is yellowish-white, naked, living communities, coiling rolls in flour. [11]. Peter Khramov.

Subspecies Pyralis farinalis


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Peter Khramov, Vitaly Gumenuk.

Text data: Peter Khramov, Vasiliy Feoktistov.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Vasiliy Feoktistov.

Color characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



Note: you should have a account to upload new topics and comments. Please, create an account or log in to add comments

21.06.2015 10:44, Vasiliy Feoktistov Corrected data.

Wingspan: No formalized data → 19—32 mm. Flight time: No formalized data → June, July, August.

* Our website is multilingual. Some comments have been translated from other languages. international entomological community. Terms of use and publishing policy.

Project editor in chief and administrator: Peter Khramov.

Curators: Konstantin Efetov, Vasiliy Feoktistov, Svyatoslav Knyazev, Evgeny Komarov, Stan Korb, Alexander Zhakov.

Moderators: Vasiliy Feoktistov, Evgeny Komarov, Dmitriy Pozhogin, Alexandr Zhakov.

Thanks to all authors, who publish materials on the website.

© Insects catalog, 2007—2021.

Species catalog enables to sort by characteristics such as expansion, flight time, etc..

Photos of representatives Insecta.

Detailed insects classification with references list.

Few themed publications and a living blog.