Case-Bearing Clothes Moth

Case-Bearing Clothes Moth

Tinea pellionella

Appearance

Case-bearing Clothes Moth
  • Adult — 6 mm long. Dark buff forewings with three faint spots (may appear as two).
  • Larva — up to 10 mm long. Lives in a silken tube, which is usually the colour of the fabric it has been eating.
  • Pupa — formed in the sealed larval case.

Lifecycle

  • Similar to the common clothes moth.

Habits

  • Regular holes made in fabrics.
  • More rare than the Common clothes moth. Check imported goods such as hides or objects of animal origin.