Aglossa caprealis

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Aglossa caprealis
Adult, museum specimen
Aglossa caprealis - Stored Grain Moth (14198902860).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pyralidae
Tribe: Pyralini
Genus: Aglossa
Species: A. caprealis
Binomial name
Aglossa caprealis
(Hübner, [1809])

Several, see text

Aglossa caprealis, the stored grain moth, is a moth species of the family Pyralidae. It is found globally, though its native range is presumably western Eurasia or nearby regions, as in other Aglossa species.

The wingspan is 23–27 mm. The moth flies from June to August, depending on the location.

The larvae feed on dry plant waste, grain (e.g. maize), hay, straw and decaying manure. Sometimes, they even eat animal carcasses, suet, lard, pork rinds and other fatty materials.[1]


Alternate but now-invalid scientific names of this species are:[2]

  • Acrobasis incultella Walker, [1866]
  • Aglossa cuprealis (lapsus)
  • Aglossa cuprialis (lapsus)
  • Aglossa domalis Guenée, 1854
  • Crambus capreolatus Haworth, 1809 (unjustified emendation)
  • Pyralis aenalis Costa, 1836
  • Pyralis caprealis Hübner, [1809]
  • Tetralopha enthealis Hulst, 1886


  1. ^ Grabe (1942)
  2. ^ See references in Savela (2009)


  • Grabe, Albert (1942): Eigenartige Geschmacksrichtungen bei Kleinschmetterlingsraupen ["Strange tastes among micromoth caterpillars"]. Zeitschrift des Wiener Entomologen-Vereins 27: 105-109 [in German]. PDF fulltext
  • Savela, Markku (2009): Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and some other life forms – Aglossa caprealis. Version of 2009-APR-25. Retrieved 2010-APR-12.

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