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Common clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella)

Biology:

The common clothes moth is found mainly in dry, warm human habitations. The wingspan of this moth is 14-16 mm and its shiny yellow wings are fringed. The yellowish white larvae are up to 9 mm in length and spin characteristic cases up to 15 cm long which are attached to the infested textiles and protect the caterpillars while they feed.

Damage:

The larvae of the common clothes moth feed on textiles that contain keratin, infesting above all wool, mixed textiles with at least 20% wool, woollen carpets, furs and feathers. They create irregular holes and bare spots. Particularly at risk are woollen textiles stored unwashed for longer periods.

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