The Indian meal moth is found more than any other insect in stored food products in the United States. This insect got its name by being a pest of “Indian corn,” or maize. Like maize itself, the meal moth may have originated in South America. However, the meal moth is no longer exclusive to that continent and is a prevalent nuisance in the US.

The meal moth usually measures 3/8” long and has a wingspan of about 5/8.” They are easy to identify because of the rusty-red color covering the outer 2/3 of their body and gray coloring on the the inner 1/3 portion of their body.

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