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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.
But, as some seek the mammoth moths, we have drawn on the experts to help us prevent an infestation of clothes moths munching on our Mulberry and Moschino.
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.
Although they are most famous for their ability to ruin wool clothing, webbing clothes moths are also attracted to a variety of other natural materials, including silk, hair, felt, fur and feathers.
Placed in a plastic bag the grubs quickly leave it riddled with holes, in much the same way that a woollen jumper is attacked by clothes moth caterpillars.
The common clothes moth adapted so quickly to a diet of human fabrics, which are very recent in the evolutionary timescale, that it now faces extinction because of the move to synthetic fibres in clothes and carpets.
Larvae of the common clothes moth used to find an ideal habitat in homes where clothes were shut away in dark wardrobes and floors were covered with woollen rugs or carpets.
CLOTHES MOTHS It's the fashionable homeowner's worst nightmare: Throwing open your wardrobe to find that a biblical plague of clothes moths have turned your Sunday best into their own personal munching ground.
And it is well worth saving, because its diet consists of common household pests such as clothes moths, silverfish, cockroaches and flies, as well as other spiders (Fig.