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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Extended.

Forewing: 7-10mm.

Foodplant: Dried foodstuffs, grain and nuts. A naturalized adventive, a pest in food warehouses.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1904188319832004
Year last recorded2014200620052014
Number of records9446
Number of individuals75043
Unique positions7345
Unique locations7345
Adult records8326
Immature records0020

For the county, we have a total of 23 records from 19 sites. First recorded in 1883.


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© Charlie Streets, 14 May 2008

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded sporadically in vice-counties 61 to 64 infesting a variety of stored food products in warehouses and grocery shops where it may be locally abundant.

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