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Common clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella)


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.


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.