Main: (Pyralidae / Phycitinae)
62.064 [B&F: 1473] Cacao Moth (Ephestia elutella) (Hübner, 1796)

 

Nationally scarce (Nb) and the Ephestia most frequently caught in the wild away from the south, where E. unicolorella predominates. Occasionally recorded at light traps in the south, but undoubtedly overlooked. Thoroughly naturalised, through accidental introduction in dried goods, in barns, warehouses and granaries throughout much of the British Isles, where it may still be a pest in warehouses. In Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight scattered records throughout, mostly at light. Wingspan 14-20 mm. One of six very similar species of Ephestia found in the UK, which are generally separable only by dissection of the genitalia, most wild-caught individuals being E. unicolorella, with the other five species favouring warehouses. Larva feeds on Cocoa, Tobacco, hay, decaying vegetable matter, dried fruit, nuts, cereals and grain, causing sufficient damage to be a serious pest in some areas.

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Detail records

SiteDateQuantityRecorderStage
VC10 Isle of Wight
Freshwater (SZ38)1900-Blair, Dr K.G.Adult
Yarmouth (SZ38)21-Aug-1973-Smith, CC-
Freshwater (SZ38)1993-Knill-Jones, SAAdult
St Helens (SZ68)3532-Prout, LBAdult
VC11 South Hampshire
(SU50)1951---
(SU20)1951---
Browndown (SZ59)23-Jun-1973oneDickson, RJAdult
(SZ39)1981---
(SU50)1981---
(SZ29)1981---
Winchester (SU43)21-Jul-1988oneSterling, DHAdult
Southsea (SZ69)16-Aug-1988threeDickson, RJAdult
Chandlers Ford (SU42)10-Jun-1997oneGoater, BAdult
Titchfield Haven (SU50)30-Jun-1997oneDickson, RJAdult
Funtley (SU50)12-Mar-2000oneOpie, MAdult
Funtley (SU50)06-May-2000oneOpie, MAdult
Waterlooville (SU61)17-Jul-2005oneMoore, RJAdult
Funtley (SU50)07-Jul-2006oneOpie, MAdult
Titchfield Haven (SU50)04-Aug-2008oneWheeler, KAdult
Funtley (SU50)21-Dec-2011oneOpie, MAdult
VC12 North Hampshire
(SU53)1951---
(SU73)1981---
(SU55)1981---
Yateley (SU86)14-Jul-2017oneHewitt, JAdult

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