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.
Resources and Citations
- MuseumPests.net Link
- George Savage, Art and Antique Restorer's Handbook, Rockliff Publishing Corp, London, 1954
- Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
- John S. Mills, Raymond White, The Organic Chemistry of Museum Objects, Butterworth Heineman, London, 2nd ed., 1994
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998