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Rice moth


Scientific name: Corcyra cephalonica.

Family: Galleridae.

Order: Lepidoptera  .

Host range: Rice, jowar, other millets, whole cereals, cereal products, pulses, processed products of cereals, pulses, oil seeds, nuts, dry fruits and milled spices.

Symptom of damage: Presence of dense webbing of gra


Saw toothed grain beetle


Scientific name: Oryzaephilus surinamensis

Family: Silvanidae

Order: Coleoptera.

Host range: Rice, wheat, maize, cereal products, oil seeds and dry fruits.

Symptom of damage: Presence of off odour in grain.

Nature of damage: Adults and grub cause roughening of grain surface and off odour


Long headed flour beetle

Scientific name: Latheticus oryzae

Family: Tenebrionidae

Order: Coleoptera

Host range: Cereal flours, packaged food, rice and rice products, grains with excessive dust, dockage and broken grains with high moisture contents preferred.

Nature of damage: Both grubs and adults feed.


Rust red flour beetle


Scientific name: Tribolium castaneum .

Family: Tenebrionidae.

Order: Coleoptera.

 Host range: Broken grains/ mechanically damaged grains, germ portion and milled products.

Heavy infestation causes stinking odour in flour, adversely affecting the dough quality. It is an important pest for mill machinery. Nature of damage:


Angoumois grain moth or Grain moth


Scientific name: Sitotroga cerealella.

Family: Gelechiidae.

Order: Lepidoptera.

Host range: Paddy, maize, jowar, barley and wheat (rarely).

It is not capable of attacking milled rice or other cereal products.

Symptom of damage:

Grains with circular emergence hole with characteristic flap/trap door<

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