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Common Clothes Moth

(Tineola Bisseliella)

Case-bearing clothes moth

Tinea pellionella

Body length 3.5 and 4 mm.
Wingspan 10 – 15 mm.

The upper side of the forewings is pale brown with three darker spots on the wings. Both pairs of wings have fringed margins. The larva has the habit of carrying a silken tube and often attached to it are particles of wool, fibres, etc from the immediate habitat. The case is open at both ends and the larva is rarely found outside it.

Indian Meal Moth

Plodia interpunctella

Open wing span – approx. 16 mm

The forewing has a broad grey band across the bronze brown wings. In common with other moth species, wing scales are readily lost and wing pattern is therefore an unreliable characteristic for identification.

Common clothes moth

Tineola bisselliella

Body length 6 – 8 mm.
Wingspan 9 – 16 mm.

The upper side of the forewings is buff, nearly golden, in colour. Both pairs of wings have fringed margins. Adults are rarely seen in flight, mostly only the males, and the females after they have deposited their eggs. The larva is yellowish white in colour with a brown head and measures around 10 mm in length when fully mature.


  • Body length 6 – 8 mm.
  • Moths are light straw, nearly golden, in colour. Moths typically have their wings tucked along their body scuttling around out of sight in areas such as under sofas or wardrobes . Adults are rarely seen in flight as only males will fly, females do not fly. Adult moths do not feed and are short lived. The larva are yellowish white in colour with a brown head, they build tunnels of silk which are camouflaged using fibres and debris. Larvae measure around 10 mm in length when fully mature.
  • The larvae feed on natural fibres like wool, furs. Moth damage is typically found in carpets and wool clothing.
  • Following around 5 moults the larvae pupate into adult moths. The entire lifecycle can take as little as 9.5 weeks in optimum conditions although more likely to take longer as development is very much temperature dependant.


  • Control of moths will require the use of residual insecticides to achieve effective control. This will target both adult and larval stages of the insects. Regular vacuuming of carpet edges, under beds, wardrobes etc will help reduce infestations.
  • Case Bearing Clothes Moth Tinaea Pellonella
  • This moth is very similar in appearance and habits as the common clothes moth. The main difference is the larvae carries its cocoon of silk around with it as it feeds.
  • Control is the same for both species

Life Cycle


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