Clothes moth

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Clothes moth, adult and larva


Any of various moths of the family Tineidae. The larvae of the clothes moths feed on wool, hair, fur, feathers, cotton, and silk. The adult clothes moth is small with a wingspan of 12 to 26 mm (0.5 to 1.0 inch). The common or webbing clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella) is straw color and has a naked larva that spins a thin webbing of Silk over its food. The Casemaking clothes moth (Tinea pellionella) is grayish yellow or brown with darker brown spots on its forewings. Its larvae live within a case composed of bits of the food material bound together with silk. The carpet or tapestry moth (Trichophaga tapetiella) produces a small tube for its larvae made from bits of carpet or fabric. All of these types are readily susceptible to commercial insecticides, and repellents.

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