- House Moth
- Case-bearing Clothes Moth
- White-shouldered House Moth
- Indian Mill Moth
- Tropical Warehouse Moth
Common Clothes Moth
- Length: 4 – 7mm long overall.
- Long thread like antennae, long legs with spines at joints.
- Forewings are shiny golden with no markings. Trailing edge of the wings is strongly fringed.
- Eggs – are laid amongst fibres and fabrics. These will hatch at above 10°C in 1 – 5 weeks.
- Larva – whitish caterpillars that form silk tunnels, camouflaged with fibres and debris. They leave the tunnels at night to feed and hide during the day. Development takes 2 – 7 months.
- Pupae – inside last larval skin concealed in fabric. These develop from within 2 weeks – 2 months.
- Adults – the female moth is quite sedentary, but the males do fly on occasions. Adults do not feed and are short lived.
Habits & Behaviour:
- Attacks particularly textiles and animal products, for example wool, fur, silk, skins, feathers and leather.
- As they avoid the light they are often found in old wardrobes and furniture.
- Can also be found on clothes, carpets, curtains, sofas.
At one time the common clothes moth was by far the most economically important clothing hosehold pest in Britain, an estimated £12millions worth of damage was caused by this one species alone.