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Ephestia kuehniella (Zeller, 1879)

Имаго  (Ephestia kuehniella)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Pyraloidea family Pyralidae subfamily Phycitinae tribe Phycitini genus Ephestia → species Ephestia kuehniella

Species name(s)

Ephestia kuehniella (Zeller, 1879) = Ephestia fuscofasciella Ragonot, 1887 = Ephestia gitonella Druce, 1896 = Homoeosoma ischnomorpha Meyrick, 1931 = alba Roesler, [1965] = nigra Roesler, [1965] = Anagasta kühmiella = Anagasta kuhniella = Anagasta kurhirela = Anagasta kuehniela = Anagasta lunella = Anagasta huchinella = Anagasta kuchinella = Anagasta kuehniella = sericarium Scott, 1859 = ceratoniae Zeller, 1848 = Ephestia kuhniella. [9, 10, 11]

Mediterranean Flour Moth.



Zoogeographical regions

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

Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #2. Kolsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #7. Evropeisky yuzhno-tayozhny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #12. Nizhnevolzhsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #36. Sredne-Amursky; #37. Nizhne-Amursky; #38. Sakhalin; #40. Primorsky.

Forewing length

9—10 mm.

Primary colors


Detailed information with references

Taxonomy, synonyms and combinations

  • Ephestia kuhniella [11].


  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Ireland, Iceland *, Ireland, Italy, Crete, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sardinia, Sicily Slovakia, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1].
  • Austria, Azores, Albania, Baleares, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Ireland, Iceland, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), the Canary Islands, Cyprus, Crete, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira,Malta, the Netherlands, Norway (mainland), the Channel Islands, Poland, Portugal (mainland), Romania, Russia, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France (mainland), Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia. [10].
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: European North-West, Central European, European southern taiga, the Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Kola, Nizhne-Amur, Lower Volga, Primorye, Sakhalin, Amur Medium, Medium-Volzhsky. [3].
  • The area - the whole world is confined to the settlements. [5].

Imago Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Length of front wing - 1 cm. Wings are famous for their sharpness and acuity, but drawing them blur of cross bands. [5].
  • The front wings are gray-lead, with black horizontal stripes and dots. Rear - whitish. The wingspan of 20 to 25 mm. [11].

General info about Imago

  • Mill (barn) moth is found in mills and barns, in bakeries and warehouses corresponding direction. [5].

Imago lifespan

  • The summer can be very different. [5].

Larva food plants / other food objects

  • Caterpillars feed on Ephestia kuehniella flour with starch and can cause significant damage to stocks of these products. [5].

Larva lifespan

  • The lifetime of the caterpillars can be very different, as the time adult flight. [5].
  • The caterpillar lives mainly in the flour, in a web of tubular passages, "but the attacks on the dry fruit, candy, chocolate." [11].


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