Clothes Moths

Order Lepidoptera

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Biology

Interestingly, the adult Clothes Moth does not feed or do damage. The feeding and damage to wool, fabrics, furs and other protein based materials is caused by feeding larvae. Clothes Moth larvae are shiny, white worms that measure about 1/2 inch and reach maturity anywhere from 35 days to 2.5 years. Adult Clothes Moths have narrow, fringed wing and are yellow-brown in color, also about 1/2 inch long. Adults live from 15 to 30 days.

Clothes Moths prefer dark spaces and will quickly flee if disturbed. Females will lay up to 200 eggs.

Factoid

When examined with a hand lens, little tufts of hair are evident on the heads of Clothes Moths – food and grain moths do not have these tufts.

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