Anyone recognise this moth?

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  • #40528

    TgaLiz
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    When I fork over my compost several of these fly up. I assume they are moths, as they fly into a shady spot as soon as they can. They are more of a creamy-yellow + brown than they look in the photo.
    I’ve used this compost bin for years, but this is the first time I have seen them. They are bigger than pantry moths.
    Friend or foe?
    Here’s the picture link https://www.monarch.org.nz/2014/09/30/what-is-this/

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  • #40535

    TgaLiz
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    I will try and get a better photo but they move fast. There is only garden waste in my compost, no kitchen stuff. They are bigger than the usual weevil moths.

    #40532

    clinton9
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    Mealy moth (pyralis farinalis) caterpillars eat flour, seeds, bread etc.

    #40531

    clinton9
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    Hey TgaLiz,
    Can you please send the close up photo of this moth.

    It look like a Indian Mealy moth (pyralis farinalis), I had lots of then in my budgie aviary, whose caterpillars ate seeds of budgie food. It is a pest insects.
    Maybe you had flour or seeds or things that you ??? or your mother cooking breads or cakes or something ????

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