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EENY-026: Indianmeal Moth, Plodia interpunctella (Hübner) (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Pyralidae)

Figure 4. Remains of a pupal case of the Indianmeal moth, Plodia interpunctella (Hübner). The larva pupated inside the lid of a cardboard container one pantry shelf up from the actual infestation in the senior author's house. This demonstrates how difficult it might be to eliminate an infestation even after it has been discovered. All pantry goods must be examined carefully to eliminate the next generation of adults that fly and thus distribute the infestation further.

Credit: Lyle Buss, University of Florida