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clothes moth,

name for several species of moths of the family Tineidae, whose larvae feed on wool, furs, feathers, upholstery, and a variety of animal products. Clothes moths are of Old World origin. Those commonest in North America are the case-bearing clothes moth, Tinea pellionella, and the webbing clothes moth, Tineola bisselliella. The adults are yellowish or buff moths, often called millers, with a wingspread of about 1-2 in. (1.2 cm). They lay 100 to 150 eggs on the material which is to provide food for the larvae; they do not feed on fabrics themselves. The larva of the case-bearing clothes moth makes an open-ended case out of food fibers and its own silk; it feeds and pupates (see insectinsect,
invertebrate animal of the class Insecta of the phylum Arthropoda. Like other arthropods, an insect has a hard outer covering, or exoskeleton, a segmented body, and jointed legs. Adult insects typically have wings and are the only flying invertebrates.
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) within the case. The webbing clothes moth larva makes no case, but when it pupates it builds a cocoon of silk and fibers. The life cycle is completed most rapidly at average room temperature and about 75% humidity. The tapestry, or carpet, moth, Trichophaga tapetzella, attacks upholstery. Fumigation, sunning, cleaning, brushing, and cold storage help to prevent damage. Clothes moths are classified in the phylum ArthropodaArthropoda
[Gr.,=jointed feet], largest and most diverse animal phylum. The arthropods include crustaceans, insects, centipedes, millipedes, spiders, scorpions, and the extinct trilobites.
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, class Insecta, order Lepidoptera, family Tineidae.
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Four moth species have an appetite for domestic destruction: | Damage to clothing is caused by the larvae of the common clothes moth and case bearing clothes moth.
Investigators presented Bucheli with hundreds of insects, including clothes moth larvae in their cases.
To keep cozy and safe, the clothes moth caterpillar builds itself a case of woolly fibers and hair.
I looked up the species of moth I have living with me on the interweb (they are tiny by the way, not like a light bulb moth, and turn to dust when you squish one) and found out the official name for them is, indeed, the clothes moth.
Moth expert Ron Elliott said, 'The common clothes moth was once very numerous but now we've got a lot of synthetic stuff it is almost extinct.
The adults are much larger than clothes moths and can be seen flying in the house during evening hours.
One woman died from pesticide applied in the closet of her Cairo apartment to kill clothes moths.
We don't get the harsh frosts like we used to, so pests like silverfish, deathwatch beetle and clothes moths are thriving and causing damage to priceless wooden furniture, woollen antique clothing and valuable paintings.
Like most socialists of his day, Levi had little love for the dehumanizing effects of predatory capitalism and professional efficiency, both vaunting a civil servant who gardened instead of showing up to a meaningless job and then celebrating the clothes moths that fed upon the city's genteel decay.
The next day, a pest control company diagnosed the problem: clothes moths.
Outdoor numbers of clothes moths are doing well, nesting in animal and birds' nests before moving into homes to settle.