Webbing clothes moth

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Webbing clothes moth, adult and larva


Webbing clothes moth

A slender, elongated moth, Tinea bisselliella and related species. Webbing clothes moths are light sensitive and prefer darkened spaces such as storage cabinets and boxes. Adult webbing clothes moths are golden yellow with with a tuft of darker hair on their head. They have a wing span of 8 to 10 millimeters. Eggs hatch in 4 to 10 days then the larva feed for 30-35 days. The larvae stage feeds on proteinaceous media, such as woolen fabrics, Hair, Fur, hides, and feathers. The 8-10 mm long white larvae leave a trail of silk as they graze. They pupate into moths in 8 to 28 days then just live long enough to mate and lay new eggs (4 to 7 days).

Webbing clothes moth damage

Synonyms and Related Terms

clothes-moth; tineid moth; webbing clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella); casemaking clothes moth (Tinea pellionella); white-tip clothes moth (Trichophaga tapetzella)

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Not attracted to black light or artificial light.
  • Detected by damaged fabrics, frass, and/or silken webs.

Resources and Citations

  • L. Zycherman, J.R. Schrock, A Guide to Museum Pest Control, FAIC, Washington, DC, 1988.
  • R.Norton, "A Case History of Managing Outbreaks of Webbing Clothes Moth" ICOM Preprints, Edinburgh 1996, Vol. I, pp. 61-67.

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