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Pyralidae

1474 (False Cacao Moth), Ephestia parasitella Staudinger, 1881

Status and ecology:

National Status: Local

Resident. Generally occurs singly or sparingly in a wide range of habitats, although it is sometimes fairly common to common in a few woods. Single-brooded, flying mainly from late May to late July, sometimes from mid May or to the third week of August. Adults have been seen in almost every week from early May to late August. Larvae feed on dry vegetable matter, especially dead ivy leaves, although this has yet to be confirmed in Sussex. (Pratt, 2011).

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Pagham Harbour, vi 2007 Photo: Ivan Lang

Ephestia parasitella Staudinger, 1881

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