Clothes Moth

Introduction:  This species is less commonly encountered and of far less economic importance than the webbing clothes moth. Its common name comes from the silken tube/case spun by the larva and which is carried about wherever the larva goes. The casemaking clothes moth is worldwide in distribution, but is more common in the southern United States.

Recognition:  Adults measure about 3/8-1/2” (10-14mm) from wing tip to wing tip, both wings long and narrow. Body and wings buff to golden with brownish tinge, except for 3 dark spots on each front wing which may be indistinct or rubbed off with age. Hind wing fringed with long hairs.

Habits: Casemaking clothes moth larvae attack primarily materials of animal origin and secondarily those of plant origin. Animal-origin materials include feathers, wools, rugs, furs, mummified carcasses, taxidermy mounts, and piano felts. Plant-origin materials include tobacco, various herbs and seasonings, hemp, various plant-bases drugs, linseed, almonds, saffron, etc. It is particularly a pest of feathers/down and hair/fur.

 

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