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Corcyra cephalonica
(rice meal moth)



Corcyra cephalonica (rice meal moth)


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  • 08 November 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Host Animal
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Corcyra cephalonica
  • Preferred Common Name
  • rice meal moth
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta

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Hind-wings pale-buff, fore-wings mid- or greyish-brown with thin vague lines of darker brown along wing veins. Wing span 15-25 mm.
CaptionHind-wings pale-buff, fore-wings mid- or greyish-brown with thin vague lines of darker brown along wing veins. Wing span 15-25 mm.
Hind-wings pale-buff, fore-wings mid- or greyish-brown with thin vague lines of darker brown along wing veins. Wing span 15-25 mm.
AdultHind-wings pale-buff, fore-wings mid- or greyish-brown with thin vague lines of darker brown along wing veins. Wing span 15-25 mm.ICRISAT
When viewed from above, adults have distinct 'shoulders' and rather flat and broad wings.
CaptionWhen viewed from above, adults have distinct 'shoulders' and rather flat and broad wings.
When viewed from above, adults have distinct 'shoulders' and rather flat and broad wings.
AdultWhen viewed from above, adults have distinct 'shoulders' and rather flat and broad wings.NRI/MAFF
C. cephalonica adults can be seen resting on store surfaces and have a peak of flight activity at dusk.
CaptionC. cephalonica adults can be seen resting on store surfaces and have a peak of flight activity at dusk.
C. cephalonica adults can be seen resting on store surfaces and have a peak of flight activity at dusk.
AdultsC. cephalonica adults can be seen resting on store surfaces and have a peak of flight activity at dusk.NRI/MAFF
Larvae and damage to stored products.
CaptionLarvae and damage to stored products.
Larvae and damage to stored products.
LarvaeLarvae and damage to stored products.ICRISAT


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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Corcyra cephalonica (Stainton, 1866)

Preferred Common Name

  • rice meal moth

Other Scientific Names

  • Corcyra oeconomellus (Mann, 1872)
  • Corcyra theobromae (Dyar, 1913)
  • Corcyra translineella Hampson (1901)
  • Melissoblaptes cephalonica Stainton

International Common Names

  • English: rice moth
  • Spanish: mariposa de los granos de arroz; polilla del arroz (Mexico); polilla del arroz almacenado; polilla gris de los granos
  • French: pyrale du riz; teigne du riz; teigne grise des grains
  • Portuguese: traca do amendoim

Local Common Names

  • Germany: Motte, Reis-
  • Italy: tignola del riso

EPPO code

  • CORRCE (Corcyra cephalonica)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Lepidoptera
  •                         Family: Pyralidae
  •                             Genus: Corcyra
  •                                 Species: Corcyra cephalonica

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Continent/Country/RegionDistributionLast ReportedOriginFirst ReportedInvasiveReferenceNotes


BangladeshPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
ChinaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-GuangdongPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-JilinPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-ShandongPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-ZhejiangPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
IndiaPresentHodges, 1979; CABI/EPPO, 2004
-Andaman and Nicobar IslandsPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-Andhra PradeshPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-BiharPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-ChandigarhPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-DelhiPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-GujaratPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-HaryanaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-Himachal PradeshPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-Indian PunjabPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-KarnatakaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-KeralaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-Madhya PradeshPresentEhtashamul and Mohammad, 2007
-MaharashtraPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-ManipurPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-MeghalayaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-RajasthanPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-Tamil NaduPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-Uttar PradeshPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-West BengalPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
IndonesiaPresentHodges, 1979; CABI/EPPO, 2004
-JavaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-MoluccasPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
JapanPresentPresent based on regional distribution.
-HokkaidoPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
MalaysiaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-Peninsular MalaysiaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
MyanmarPresentHodges, 1979; CABI/EPPO, 2004
NepalPresentHodges, 1979; CABI/EPPO, 2004
PakistanPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
PhilippinesPresentHodges, 1979; CABI/EPPO, 2004
Saudi ArabiaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
Sri LankaPresentHodges, 1979; CABI/EPPO, 2004
TaiwanPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
ThailandPresentAPPPC, 1987; CABI/EPPO, 2004
VietnamPresentBui Cong Hien, 1998; CABI/EPPO, 2004


AlgeriaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
BotswanaPresentHodges, 1979; CABI/EPPO, 2004
CameroonPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
Cape VerdePresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
ChadPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
CongoPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
Côte d'IvoirePresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
EgyptPresentWillcocks, 1925; Hodges, 1979; CABI/EPPO, 2004
EthiopiaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
GhanaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
MalawiPresentHodges, 1979; CABI/EPPO, 2004
MaliPresentHodges, 1979; CABI/EPPO, 2004
NamibiaPresentStejskal et al., 2006
NigeriaPresentHodges, 1979; CABI/EPPO, 2004
SenegalPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
SeychellesPresentHodges, 1979; CABI/EPPO, 2004
Sierra LeonePresentHodges, 1979; CABI/EPPO, 2004
SudanPresentHodges, 1979; CABI/EPPO, 2004
TanzaniaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004

North America

CanadaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-OntarioPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
USAPresentChittenden, 1919; Hodges, 1979; CABI/EPPO, 2004
-GeorgiaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-HawaiiPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-TexasPresentHuang and Subramanyam, 2004

Central America and Caribbean

BarbadosPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
CubaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
HondurasPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
JamaicaPresentHodges, 1979; CABI/EPPO, 2004

South America

BoliviaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
BrazilPresentDa Costa Lima, 1950; Hodges, 1979; CABI/EPPO, 2004
-ParaibaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-Rio Grande do SulPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-Sao PauloPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
ColombiaPresentHodges, 1979; CABI/EPPO, 2004
EcuadorPresentPresent based on regional distribution.
-Galapagos IslandsPresentIntroducedRoque-Albelo and Landry, 2006
GuyanaPresentHodges, 1979; CABI/EPPO, 2004


BelgiumPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
BulgariaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
Czech RepublicPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
DenmarkPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
FinlandPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
FrancePresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
GermanyPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
GreecePresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
ItalyPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
LatviaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
MaltaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
NetherlandsPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
NorwayPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
RomaniaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
SlovakiaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
SpainPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
SwedenPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
SwitzerlandPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
UKRestricted distributionCABI/EPPO, 2004


AustraliaPresentHodges, 1979; CABI/EPPO, 2004
-TasmaniaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
FijiPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
KiribatiPresentHodges, 1979; CABI/EPPO, 2004
Papua New GuineaPresentHodges, 1979; CABI/EPPO, 2004
SamoaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
Solomon IslandsPresentHodges, 1979; CABI/EPPO, 2004
TongaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004

Habitat List

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Growth Stages

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List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Seeds / external feeding
Seeds / webbing

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Acaropsellina docta Predator Eggs/Larvae
Amphibolus venator Predator Larvae
Antrocephalus mitys Parasite Larvae/Pupae
Argiope pulchella Predator
Artema atlanta Predator
Aspergillus flavus Antagonist
Bacillus thuringiensis
Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki Pathogen
Bacillus thuringiensis thuringiensis Pathogen
Blattisocius keegani Predator Eggs/Larvae
Blattisocius tarsalis Predator Eggs/Larvae
Brachymeria nosatoi Parasite Shameer and Chandrika, 2002
Brachymeria tachardiae Parasite
Bracon brevicornis Parasite Larvae
Bracon gelechiae Parasite
Bracon hebetor Parasite Larvae
Bracon kirkpatricki Parasite
Brinckochrysa scelestes Predator
Cardiastethus exiguus Predator
Cheyletus malaccensis Predator
Chrysoperla carnea Predator
Chrysoperla carnea Predator
Cicindela cancellata Predator
Cotesia plutellae Parasite
Cyrtophora cicatrosa Predator
Cyrtophora cicatrosa Predator
Cyrtorhinus lividipennis Predator
Discoileus zonalis Predator
Dufouriellus ater Predator
Elasmus nephantidis Parasite
Eocanthecona furcellata Predator
Eriborus trochanteratus Parasite
Goniozus nephantidis Parasite
Heteropoda venatoria Predator
Heterorhabditis heliothidis Parasite
Hippasa pantherina Predator
Holepyris hawaiiensis Parasite Larvae/Pupae
Lycosa kupupa Predator
Mallada basalis Predator
Mallada boninensis Predator
Marpissa calcutaensis Predator
Microchelonus blackburni Parasite Eggs/Larvae
Myrmarachne plataleoides Predator
Neoscona theisi Predator
Nucleopolyhedrosis virus Pathogen
Oecobius putus Predator
Orius sauteri Predator
Parallorhogas pyralophagus Parasite Larvae
Parasierola pulveriae Parasite
Peregrinator biannulipes Predator
Phidippus punjabensis Predator
Plexippus paykullii Predator
Rhynocoris fuscipes Predator
Scytodes thoracica Predator
Steinernema carpocapsae Parasite
Stenobracon deesae Parasite
Stomatomyia trinitatis Parasite
Sturmiopsis inferens Parasite
Sycanus affinis Predator Larvae
Syctodes theracica Predator
Telenomus remus Parasite Eggs
Tetrastichus israeli Parasite
Thomisus cherapunjeus Predator
Thomisus lobosus Predator
Tribolium castaneum Predator
Trichogramma achaeae Parasite Eggs
Trichogramma brasiliense Parasite Eggs
Trichogramma chilonis Parasite Eggs
Trichogramma chilotraeae Parasite Eggs
Trichogramma closterae Parasite Eggs
Trichogramma dendrolimi Parasite Eggs
Trichogramma evanescens Parasite Eggs
Trichogramma exiguum Parasite Eggs
Trichogramma fasciatum Parasite Eggs
Trichogramma fuentesi Parasite
Trichogramma galloi Parasite
Trichogramma japonicum Parasite Eggs
Trichogramma nubilale Parasite Eggs
Trichogramma oatmani Parasite Eggs
Trichogramma ostriniae Parasite Eggs
Trichogramma perkinsi Parasite Eggs
Trichogramma pintoi Parasite
Trichogramma pintureauoi Parasite
Trichogramma pretiosum Parasite Eggs
Trichogramma rojasi Parasite
Trichogramma semblidis Parasite Eggs
Trichogramma semifasciatum Parasite Eggs
Trichogrammatoidea armigera Parasite Eggs
Trichogrammatoidea australicum Parasite Eggs
Trichogrammatoidea bactrae Parasite Eggs
Trichogrammatoidea bactrae fumata Parasite Eggs
Trichogrammatoidea fulva Parasite Eggs
Trichogrammatoidea lutea Parasite Eggs
Trichogrammatoidea lutea x T. prabhakeri Parasite Eggs
Trichogrammatoidea nana Parasite Eggs
Trichogrammatoidea prabhakeri Parasite Eggs
Trichogrammatoidea robusta Parasite Eggs
Trichospilus pupivora Parasite
Uloborus danolius Predator
Venturia canescens Parasite
Xylocoris flavipes Predator
Xylocoris sordidus Predator


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Chakraborti S; Chatterjee ML, 1997. Effects of some benzophenylureas on the biology and development of the rice moth, Corcyra cephalonica Stn. (Galleriidae, Lepidoptera). Pest Management and Economic Zoology, 5(2):85-90; 19 ref.

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Cox PD; Crawford LA; Gjestrud G; Bell CH; Bowley CR, 1981. The influence of temperature and humidity on the life-cycle of Corcyra cephalonica (Stainton) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). Bulletin of Entomological Research, 71(2):171-181

Da Costa Lima A, 1950. Insectos do Brasil: Lepidopteros. Rio de Janeiro, Escola Nacional de Agronomia, 6(2):57-58.

Dwivedi SC; Seema Garg, 1997. Screening of plant extracts for ovicidal effect on the rice moth, Corcyra cephalonica (Stainton). Pest Management and Economic Zoology, 5(1):53-55; 5 ref.

Ehtashamul Hassan; Mohammad Yousuf, 2007. First record of Trichogramma plasseyensis Nagaraja (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae), from Central India, and its morphometric & additional diagnostic characters. Indian Journal of Entomology, 69(1):58-62.

Ghanekar AM; Rao GVR; Murthy KS; Surender A; Saheb SB, 1996. Seed protectants for healthy exports. Indian Journal of Plant Protection, 24(1/2):37-43; 7 ref.

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Huang FN; Subramanyam B, 2004. Responses of Corcyra cephalonica (Stainton) to pirimiphos-methyl, spinosad, and combinations of pirimiphos-methyl and synergized pyrethrins. Pest Management Science, 60(2):191-198. [Special issue: Current research at the Scottish Agricultural College.]

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Mound LA(Editor), 1989. Common insect pests of stored food products. A guide to their identification. London, UK; British Museum (Natural History), Ed. 7:ix + 68 pp.

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Rajkumar R; Anitha TN, 1998. Evaluation of the efficacy of 'stored grain insect trap'. Entomon, 23(3):227-231; 18 ref.

Rani PU, 1997. Bioactivity and residual toxicity of deltamethrin, incorporated into rice bran and rice husk, against the pests of stored products. International Pest Control, 39(6):186-188; 13 ref.

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Russell VM; Schulten GGM; Roorda FA, 1980. Laboratory observations on the development of the rice moth Corcyra cephalonica (Stainton) (Lepidoptera: Galleriinp) on millet and sorghum at 28 deg C and different relative humidities. Zeitschrift fur Angewandte Entomologie, 89(5):488-498

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Shameer KS; Chandrika Mohan, 2002. New host records of Brachymeria nosatoi Habu, the pupal parasitoid of Opisina arenosella Walk. Insect Environment, 8(2):52-55.

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