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Case-bearing clothes moth (Tinea pellionella)


The case-bearing clothes moth has a wingspan of approx. 17 mm. The fringed forewings are yellow-brown with several dark spots. The larva lives in a self-spun case that is not attached to the substrate, but is rather carried by the larva when it moves about. The case-bearing clothes moth requires high levels of moisture and occurs mainly in maritime climate zones in moist human habitations that are not heated very much. To a large extent, this species has been replaced by the common clothes moth in modern flats with central heating.


The damage caused in furs and woollen textiles is similar to that caused by the common clothes moth.