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Ephestia elutella01.jpg
cacao moth (E. elutella)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pyralidae
Subfamily: Phycitinae
Tribe: Phycitini
Genus: Ephestia
Guenée, 1845[1]

Several, see text


Anagasta Heinrich, 1956
Hyphantidium Scott, 1859

Ephestia is a genus of small moths belonging to the family Pyralidae. Some species are significant pests of dry plant produce, such as seeds and cereals. Best known among these are probably the cacao moth (E. elutella) and the Mediterranean flour moth (E. kuehniella).

The genus Cadra is closely related to Ephestia and might be a junior synonym. Several of these moths are variously assigned to one or the other genus, in particular in non-entomological sources.


Species of Ephestia include:[2][3][4]


  1. ^ "World Pyraloidea Database". Globiz.pyraloidea.org. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  2. ^ Ephestia Guenée, 1845. Afromoths.
  3. ^ Savela, M. Ephestia Guenée, 1845. Funet.
  4. ^ Ephestia. Fauna Europaea.