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Alphabetical List of Critters - Clothes Moths

Clothes moths, of which there are two common species (the Common/Webbing Clothes Moth and the Case-bearing Clothes Moth), belong to the family Tineidae. They are small, and hold their wings roof-like over their body when at rest (see photo below). Both of these species have adapted to feeding (in the caterpillar stage) on stored fabrics, especially wool, but many other natural fibers are at risk as well, and stored produce is also accepted as a food source for them.  They are considered a serious pest because of the amount of damage they can do.


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Detailed Fact Sheet: Clothes Moths (The University of Kentucky) — see also “Fabric Pests” [pdf] (University of Maryland)

 


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