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Cork moth (Nemapogon cloacellus)


The cork moth is closely related to the corn moth and has a very similar appearance. It lives in moist cereal grains, on fungi and in wine cellars, where the eggs are laid on bottle corks or moist wine barrels.


The damage caused in cereal grains is similar to what is seen with the corn moth. On the other hand, the cork moth prefers more moisture than is present in modern grain stores with less than 15% grain water content, so that the species is now only found in less sophisticated storage facilities on farms. In wine cellars, on the other hand, this moth often causes considerable damage by feeding on and destroying the bottle corks.