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Almond Moth (Cadra cautella)

The almond moth is a member of the family of snout moths found worldwide. They are commonly confused with Indian meal moths, Mediterranean flour moths, raisin moths, and dried food moths.

Almond Moth

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Scientific Classification


  • Family: Pyralidae
  • Genus: Cadra
  • Scientific Name: Cadra cautella

Description and Identification

Caterpillar

The larvae are a creamy white, with a brown head capsule and rows of spots along the back.

Almond Moth Larvae

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Pupa

Pupae are brown to yellow, pupating inside a whitish cocoon.

Almond Moth Pupa

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Adult Moth

Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.

Color and Appearance

When the wings are opened, they are light-gray to tan. When the wings are closed, light wavy markings are observed across the wings.

Average wingspan: 1.4-2.3 cm

Flight pattern: Erratic

Season: Warmer months

Cadra cautella

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Egg

They are oval, ivory, and 2 cm long.

Quick Facts

Other NamesTropical warehouse moth
DistributionCosmopolitan
HabitatWarehouses or similar industrial environments
Lifespan of Adults10-14 days
Host PlantsBran, flour, oats, other grains, and dried fruits.
Adult DietDoes not feed

Did You Know

  • English entomologist Francis Walker first described this species in 1863.
Almond Moth Picture

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Tropical Warehouse Moth

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Almond Moth Image

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