Large Tabby Aglossa pinguinalis

Most pyralids are quite unobtrusive. The species below to the left is a close relative of the quite beautiful Endotricha flammealis. Its scientific name is sounds funny. In common English it is referred to as the Large Tabby or the Stable Tabby. The wingspan it may reach, some 40 mm, explains the adjective in the name. This species is common throughout Europe, including all of the British Isles. The Large Tabby appears from the end of May and continues flying until the end of September. In Britain the main period it is on the wing is in June and July. The caterpillars do not live on plants, but eat grain in storage houses, dung of both chicken and sheep, old hay and prepared insects in collections!

This species is also known as the Stable Tabby.