The Snuff Tobacco Reference

Tobacco Moth

The Tobacco Moth (Ephestia elutella) is a moth colored on the grey-brown spectrum that has its name for being a pest of certain kinds of cured tobaccos, which the species consumes and further spoils by the introduction of its eggs, droppings, and webbing. Tobacco Moth infestations are liable to cause severe and costly damage to tobacco stocks, and such infestations can be treated by fumigation given permissive circumstances.


  1. Circular 422: Biology of the Tobacco Moth and Its Control in Closed Storage. United States Department of Agriculture. 1937. Digitised version
  2. Circular 869: Control of Insects in Stored and Manufactured Tobacco. United States Department of Agriculture. 1951. Digitised version
  3. Tobacco Encyclopedia. Ernst Voges. Tobacco Moth. Page 326. 1984.