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62.072 (BF1417)

Meal Moth   

Pyralis farinalis
Adult: 1
Resident. Local.


A moth with yellowish and brick-red coloured markings. At rest the tip of the abdomen curved upwards at a right angle.

Recording method

Attracted to light. More commonly found in or near grain stores in the field.

Flight period


Larval food

Stored grains and cereals.


Farm buildings, grain stores and animal shelters.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was published in Stephens (1834) with the Rev. William Little recording it at Raehills, Dumfriesshire, while the first for Wigtownshire was found in some stables at Stranraer on 26th June 1902 by the Gordon brothers, with the Kirkcudbrightshire first being found at Kippford on 15th August 2004.

5 record(s) from 4 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 1904 2004 1820
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 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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