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Common Clothes Moth


The adult female lays the eggs, (between 50 and 100), amongst the material upon which the

larvae will feed.

The larva emerges from the egg and proceeds to feed. Whilst feeding, the larva of the clothes moth frequently constructs a loose silken “shelter” which has attached to it many particles of debris and faecal pellets etc.

Once mature, the larva pupates.

The pupa is reddish brown in colour. There is a certain amount of mobility in the abdomen of the pupa and it twitches if disturbed.

The adult emerges from the pupae case. The adult moth lives around 2-3 weeks.

In common with other insects, development times are influenced by temperature, relative humidity, moisture content, quantity and quality of food. Total life cycle at 23.5C and 50% relative humidity is takes 63 days.




The clothes moth is a significant pest, the larvae feeding on a wide variety of material of animal origin such as woolens, furs, etc. Damage from larval feeding can be severe and the larvae are often difficult to detect since they shun the light.

Outdoors, adults are on the wing from May to September, indoors, adults are found all year round.


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Key Features

The adult moth has a body length of between

6 and 8 mm and wingspan of 9-16 mm

The upper side of the fore wings is buff golden in colour.

Both pair of wings have fringed margins.

Adults are rarely seen in flight mostly only males, and the and the females after they have deposited their eggs.

The larvae is yellowish white in colour with a brown head and measures around 10 mm in length when fully mature