The Indian meal moth is one of the most commonly reported pests. The Indian meal moth is a handsome moth with a wing expanse of nearly three-quarters of an inch. The eggs of the Indian meal moth are whitish, ovate and very small. Because of their small size, they are difficult to see without the aid of a microscope. Eggs are deposited on the grain surface singularly or in groups of twelve to thirty.
The Indian meal Moth larvae can infest a wide range of dry foodstuffs of vegetable origin, such as cereal, bread, pasta, rice, couscous, flour, spices or dried and nuts. More unusual recorded foods include chocolate and cocoa beans, coffee substitute, cookies.