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Ephestia elutella, the cacao moth, tobacco moth or warehouse moth, is a small moth of the family Pyralidae. It is probably native to Europe, but has been transported widely, even to Australia. A subspecies is E. e. pterogrisella.
The caterpillars are often considered a pest, as they feed on dry plant produce, such as cocoa beans and tobacco, as well as cereals and dried fruit and nuts. Less usual foods include dried-out meat and animal carcasses, specimens in insect collections, and dry wood.
- Ephestia amarella Dyar, 1904
- Ephestia icosiella Ragonot, 1888
- Ephestia infumatella Ragonot, 1887
- Ephestia roxburghi (lapsus)
- Ephestia roxburghii Gregson, 1873
- Ephestia roxburgii (lapsus)
- Ephestia uniformata Dufrane, 1942 (variety)
- Homoeosoma affusella Ragonot, 1888
- Hyphantidium sericarium Scott, 1859
- Phycis angusta (Haworth, 1811)
- Phycis elutea Haworth, 1811; (unjustified emendation)
- Phycis rufa Haworth, 1811
- Phycis semirufa Haworth, 1811
- Tinea elutella Hübner, 1796
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