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a family of Lepidoptera. The wingspread is from 6 mm (in Meessia) to 60 mm (Scardia). Of the 2,000 widespread species, approximately 200 are found in the USSR. The larvae are in silky tubes or cases and feed on plant or animal remains, fungi, and lichens. About 40 species are pests, spoiling food stocks (particularly the grain moth Nemapogon granellus) or damaging wool, fur, and feathers (for example, the webbing clothes moth Tineola biselliella and the moth T. furciferella).
The Russian name for the family Tineidae, moli, is also used to designate representatives of other families, including the Gelechiidae, Yponomeutidae, and Lyonetiidae.
REFERENCESZaguliaev, A. K. Nastoiashchie moli (Tineidae), issues 2–4. Moscow-Leningrad, 1960–73. (Fauna SSSR: Nasekomye cheshuekrylye, vol. 4, issue 3.)
Zaguliaev, A. K. Moli i ognevki — vrediteli zerna i prodovol’stvennykh zapasov. Moscow-Leningrad, 1965.