Casemaking Clothes Moth


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Casemaking Clothes Moth

 

(Tinea pellionella), a moth of the family of Tineidae. The wingspread reaches 17 mm. The fore wings are golden, and the posterior wings gray. The head is covered with yellow-gray hairs. The casemaking clothes moth is distributed worldwide. In the spring it deposits as many as 120 eggs on articles made of wool, fur, or feathers. Naked whitish caterpillars emerge from the eggs and live and feed on the wool, fur, and feathers. The caterpillars live in small tubular cases that they spin themselves. In the fall they attach their cases to ceilings, walls, or the inside of closets for overwintering. They pupate in the spring, and the moths emerge in ten to 20 days. Control measures include keeping premises clean and storing woolens and furs in special bags that contain naphthalene crystals.