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meal moth

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Definition of meal moth in English:

noun

A small moth which infests mills, granaries, and other places where grain is stored. The larvae spin silken webs.
  • Several species in the family Pyralidae, in particular the meal moth (Pyralis farinalis)
Example sentences
  • Unless you bring them home from the grocery store (weevils, flour beetles, Indian meal moths) or someone else brings them into your home when they are visiting then this is a surefire way to stop them on the outside first.
  • Dichlorvos strips are labeled to be used in the space above all stored grains for the control of flying insects, including adult Indian meal moths.
  • And Indian meal moths selected to resist granulosis virus have fewer offspring than the moths that carry no such immunity.

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