Meal moth

Pyralis farinalis

''Pyralis farinalis'', the meal moth, is a cosmopolitan moth of the family Pyralidae. Its larvae are pests of certain stored foods, namely milled plant products. At rest, adult moths typically hold the tip of their abdomen at 90° to their body. Their upperwings are fairly colourful by moth standards, and have a wingspan of 18–30 mm.
Meal Moth - Pyralis farinalis TL: ~ 15 mm.  This individual was worn, but I could make out the brown FW with fawn-colored median area that is bordered by white lines. Hosts: Grain products, clover and alfalfa hay.

Habitat: Resting on a flower in the early evening. Geotagged,Meal moth,Pyralis farinalis,Summer,United States,meal moth,moth,pyralis

Naming

It is the type species of the genus ''Pyralis'', and by extension of its entire tribe , subfamily and family. Its synanthropic habits were noted even by 18th- and 19th-century naturalists, who described it using terms like ''domesticalis'' , ''fraterna'' , or the currently-valid ''farinalis''.
Pyralis farinalis  Geotagged,Jane's garden,Meal moth,Netherlands,Pyralidae,Pyralis,Pyralis farinalis,nl: Grote meelmot

Behavior

Adults fly from June to August. Adults do not live long after mating and eggs hatch quickly, which leads this moth to have a quick life cycle and be able to produce multiple generations within a single year.
Meal Moth (Pyralis farinalis) Found in our bedroom, hanging out on our camper ceiling.  Geotagged,Meal moth,Pyralis farinalis,Spring,United States

Habitat

''P. farinalis'' is typically found in silos or other grain storage buildings where the grain is stored poorly and moisture is able to infiltrate the grain supply. Places where refuse vegetable matter is able to accumulate are more likely to house ''P. farinalis'' than grain storage buildings where the environment is clean and dry. ''P. farinalis'' prefers to live in detritus and has been found in non-urban areas in almond orchards. Meal moths can live in various habitats of damp, moist plant debris, but also even in poultry manure.
Pyralis farinalis In the kitchen Geotagged,Lepidoptera,Meal moth,Moth Week 2021,Pyralidae,Pyralis farinalis,Summer,United States,insect,moth

Evolution

Originally thought to be biennial species, it has been found that ''P. farinalis'' typically completes its entire life cycle in the course of eight weeks, and is capable of producing four generations within a year. Fast life cycles in these moths allow them to reproduce and grow their populations rapidly.

Cultural

One of the most surprising uses for ''P. farinalis'' is its use in producing "insect tea" in China. In China, the moth lives on the host plant of ''Litsea coreana'' and scientists have been studying optimum temperatures for which the moth is able to grow and develop best in the hopes of being able to cultivate the moths for insect tea.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderLepidoptera
FamilyPyralidae
GenusPyralis
SpeciesP. farinalis