Tineola bisselliella

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webbing clothes moth, Tineola bisselliella
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larva (probably Tineola bisselliella) on felt
Author: Guido Gerding
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Tineola bisselliella (Hummel, 1823) - (webbing clothes moth)

This moth is widely distributed and an important pest of woollen clothes, furs, and other keratin-rich products. It is common in homes and buildings, but can be also found in nests of birds and small mammals, where the larvae feed on feathers and animal hair. The larvae construct protective tubes from the infested materials and have the unusual ability to digest keratin. The adult moths do not feed.

The development time from egg to adult moth is typically 2 moths, but depends on the environmental conditions. There may be up to 4 generations per year. The adult moths have a wingspan of 10-15 mm, and are brownish.

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Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Kleidermotte
• English: webbing clothes moth
common clothes moth
• Español: oruga del tomate
polilla de las pielas
• Français: teigne des vêtements