Acronym: CCA. Sometimes referred to as warehouse moth or tropical warehouse moth; scientific references may use Ephestia cautella. – – Cadra cautella – Almond Moth – (Walker, ). Photographs are the copyrighted property of each photographer listed. Contact individual. During the months of June and July , heavy infestation by larvae of C. cautella was observed on tree bean (P. timoriana) seeds stored after proper drying in.

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M and Inscoe, M. External feeding and trails of silk webbing that contaminates stored products. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Cadra cautella. Journal of Economic Entomology. Eventually, the male will make a complete rotation so that they are facing in opposite directions with only their genitalia in contact. As almond moths exists primarily as a pestits habitat is often some kind of dry food product which is stored in a warehouse or similar industrial environment. The timing and number of eggs oviposited has been shown to vary based on several factors, including temperature, humidity, access to water, and type of food source.

Click on images to enlarge Adult moth of the tropical warehouse moth, Cadra cautella. Fumigation of grain stocks with phosphine will control existing infestations but will not protect against re-infestation.

Freezing and Heating Where the infrastructure exists, freezing for several days and heating for 24 hours have proved to be effective control methods for stored product pests.

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Ascidaein relation to the natural control of Ephestia Cautella Walker Lepidoptera: These seminal compounds appear to contain chemicals which decrease female remating, and enhance the number of eggs laid by the female. Life-cycle of the tropical warehouse moth, Cadra cautella Wlk.


casra First, a large spermatophore decreases the likelihood that the recipient female will remate, and if she does, a large spermatophore ensures a better chance of paternity for the first male moth. The presence of apyrene sperm is thought to produce a larger refractory period in the female moth by filling her reproductive tract, and thus prolonging the time period before she can remate.

Stored Products Management, 2nd Ed. Almond moths infest flourbranoatsand other grainsas well as dried fruits. There are normally cautslla larval instars and larval cautela, under optimum conditions In the almond moth, mating lasts between 1. The almond moth thrives best in warm, humid environments. The tropical warehouse moth is found throughout the tropics and subtropics where it is more common in non-arid areas. It can be found in temperate countries but can only survive the winter in heated areas.

The almond moth is commonly regarded as a pest because csutella can be found in various kinds of dry food products including, but not limited to: The females lay their slightly sticky eggs on the stored food. The severity of a tropical warehouse moth infestation can be reduced by good store hygiene catella includes cleaning the store between harvests, immersing grain sacks in boiling water and fumigating the store to eliminate residual infestations, ensuring that all spillages are removed, all cracks and crevices in the store are filled and the selection of only uninfested material for storage.


Cadra cautella Walker, – Tropical Warehouse Moth. Almond moth Caterpillar and moth Caterpillar below and pupa above in peanut husks Scientific classification Kingdom: Up to eggs are laid in the first days of their short day lives.

The almond moth or tropical warehouse moth Cadra cautella is a small, stored-product pest. Journal of Stored Products Research.

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Markku Savela’s Lepidoptera and some other life forms — Cadra cautella. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. PDF fulltext MB! Ichnemonidaeand a Predator Xylocoris flavipes Hemiptera: Braconidae and Trichogramma pretiosum Hymenoptera: While instances of remating are low in almond moths, it is most likely to occur in instances where the female received only seminal compounds and no spermatophore.

Bulletin of Entomological Research. The tropical warehouse moth feeds on a range of stored foods, notably cereals and cereal products. Talwana, Makerere University; John R. Larvae The larvae range from 1. An admixture of approved grain insecticides, especially organophosphorus compounds, will protect against this pest.

Several parasites of the genus Trichogrammaincluding T. This species may be confused with the related Indian mealmoth Plodia interpunctella or the Mediterranean flour moth Ephestia kuehniellawhich are also common pantry pests in the same subfamily.