Almond Moth

Binomial name Cadra cautella
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Almond moth
CSIRO ScienceImage 2600 Tropical warehouse moth or almond moth Cadra cautella syn Ephestia cautella.jpg
Caterpillar and moth
Almond moth.jpg
Caterpillar (below) and pupa (above) in peanut husks
Scientific classificatione
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pyralidae
Genus: Cadra
Species: C. cautella
Binomial name
Cadra cautella
(Walker, 1863)
Numerous, see text

The almond moth or tropical warehouse moth (Cadra cautella) is a small, stored-product pest. Almond moths infest flourbranoats, and other grains, as well as dried fruits.[1] It belongs to the family of snout moths (Pyralidae), and more specifically to the tribe Phycitini of the huge snout moth subfamily Phycitinae. This species may be confused with the related Indian mealmoth (Plodia interpunctella) or the Mediterranean flour moth (Ephestia kuehniella), which are also common pantry pests in the same subfamily.[2]

Other common names, particularly in nonbiological literature, are dried currant moth and fig moth, which invite confusion with the close relatives Cadra figulilella (raisin moth) and Cadra calidella (dried fruit moth). Like the raisin moth, the almond moth has achieved an essentially cosmopolitan distribution due to inadvertent transport with food products in its larval form. Adults live for about 10 days after eclosion and do not eat, but may drink if water is available. The mating system is polygamous; however, many females will only mate once.