TOBACCO MOTH

Ephestia elutella

Ephestia elutella commonly known as either Tobacco moth, Cocoa Moth or Warehouse moth, are a widely distributed pest moth of stored products in subtropical and warmer temperate regions. They are considered a primary pest of stored products and can infest many products including tobacco, grains, pulses, processed flours and dried fruits. The moths lay eggs in crevices which hatch into caterpillars that then burrow through food stuffs, feeding and leaving silken webbing. The number of generations varies with climate as they can have as few as one generation a year in colder areas up to constant breeding in ideal conditions. The entire lifecycle can be completed in as short as 30 days in ideal conditions.

 

 

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