Common Clothes Moth (Tineola bisselliella)
The common clothes moth is a member of the family of fungus moths. The larvae are a massive pest to fabrics and foodstuffs, most notably wool but also other natural and synthetic fibers.
Description and Identification
They are white, with the number of instars varying from specimen to specimen. Some have 5 instars, while others may go through as many as 45.
Pupation occurs inside a cocoon for 10-50 days.
Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.
Color and Appearance
Forewings: When the wings are opened, they are a pale ocherous yellow. This color remains visible when the wings are closed.
Hindwings: When the wings are opened, they are grey-ish white. When the wings are closed, the colors and patterns remain the same.
Average wingspan: 0.9-1.6 cm
Flight pattern: Erratic
Eggs are laid in clusters between 30 and 200 that adhere to surfaces with a gelatin-like glue.
|Other Names||Webbing clothes moth, clothing moth|
|Habitat||Dim or dark areas, such as attics, basements, and closets|
|Lifespan of Adults||15-30 days|
|Host Plants||Cotton, furs, linen, silk, and wool fabrics|
|Adult Diet||Does not feed|
Did You Know
- Swedish entomologist Arvid David Hummel first described this species in 1823.