Predictions & Data for this entry

Model: hex climate: A, B migrate:
COMPLETE = 2.5 ecozone: TH, TN, TP, TA food: bjO
MRE = 0.164 habitat: 0iT gender: D
SMSE = 0.183 embryo: Ts reprod: O

Zero-variate data
ab2.8 2.238 (0.2008)dage at birthSilhMill1972
tj12.2 10.84 (0.1115)dtime since birth at metamSilhMill1972
te 7 6.868 (0.01887)dtime since birth at emergenceSilhMill1972
am 8 7.999 (0.0001334)dlife span as imagoSilhMill1972
Wwb2.8e-05 2.42e-05 (0.1357)gwet weight at birthSilhMill1972
Wwj0.01367 0.01634 (0.1951)gwet weight at pupationSilhMill1972
Wwe0.01139 0.01044 (0.08382)gwet weight at emergenceSilhMill1972
del_S0.091 0.07026 (0.2279)g/gg (pupa_case+silk)/g pupaImurSinh1986
Ni190 140.2 (0.2619)#cum # of eggsAlloGosw1990
Uni-variate data
DatasetFigure(RE)Independent variableDependent variableReference
tW_bj see Fig. 1 (0.4382)time since birthlarva wet weightSilhMill1972
tW_je see Fig. 2 (0.2133)time since birthpupa wet weightSilhMill1972
tW_em see Fig. 3 (0.07872)time since birthlarva wet weightSilhMill1972
Pseudo-data at Tref
DataGeneralised animalPlodia interpunctellaUnitDescription
v 0.02 0.01614cm/denergy conductance
kap 0.8 0.5066-allocation fraction to soma
kap_R 0.95 0.95-reproduction efficiency
p_M 18 17.75J/^3vol-spec som maint
k_J 0.002 0.0021/dmaturity maint rate coefficient
kap_G 0.8 0.8046-growth efficiency


  • Imagos do not feed (ref: VukaSnez2012)
  • The larva starts producing silk after day 21 when they start spinning a loose cocoon for pupation (ref: ImurSinh1986)
  • Imagos do not feed (ref: VukaSnez2012)
  • Larvae not produce silk only to build the cocoon, buy also spin silken threads wherever they go (as a result they spoil more than they consume in stored grain products) (ref: VukaSnez2012)


  • Silk production is assumed to increase [p_M] by a factor s_S after [E_R] > s_s * max [E_R]


  • [Wiki]
  • [AlloGosw1990] J. Allotey and L. Goswami. Comparative biology of two phycitid moths, Plodia interpunctella (Hubn.) and Ephestia cautella (Wlk.) on some selected food media. Journal Insect Science and its Application, 11:209--215, 1990.
  • [ImurSinh1986] O. Imura and R. N. Sinha. Bioenergetics of the Indian meal moth, Plodia interpunctella (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae ). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am., 79:96--103, 1986.
  • [Kooy2010] S.A.L.M. Kooijman. Dynamic Energy Budget theory for metabolic organisation. Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, 2010.
  • [SilhMill1972] D. L. Silhacek and G. L. Miller. Growth and development of the Indian meal moth, Plodia interpunctella (Lepidoptera: Phycitidae) under laboratory mass-rearing conditions. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 65:1084--1087, 1972.
  • [VukaSnez2012] F. N. Vukajlovi and B. P. Snežana. Contribution to the studies of the Indian meal moth Plodia interpunctella Hubn. (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) fecundity depending on diet type. Kragujevac J. Sci., 34:107--115, 2012.

Bibtex file with references for this entry

Ana Lopez Llandres, Bas Kooijman, 2014/09/17 (last modified by Bas Kooijman 2016/02/20)

accepted: 2016/03/18

refer to this entry as: AmP Plodia interpunctella version 2016/03/18