Animal Species:Case-bearing Clothes Moth

Sydney has two common species of clothes moths, which were both accidentally introduced to Australia.

Case-bearing Clothes Moth

Andrew Donnelly © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Case-bearing Clothes Moth

Number of species

2

Identification

The Case-bearing Clothes Moth gets its name from the open-ended, protective silk case that the larvae live inside and carry around when feeding. The other Sydney species is the Common Clothes Moth (Tineola bisselliella).

Size range

1 cm

Distribution

Clothes moths are found worldwide, including Australia, Asia, North America and Europe.

Habitat

Clothes moths live in urban areas.

Feeding and Diet

Before humans began manufacturing clothes and carpet, clothes moth larvae fed on feathers, fur, dead animals and wool.

Other behaviours and adaptations

Like most moths, adult clothes moths generally avoid light and prefer the darkness of a wardrobe or drawer.

Classification

Species:
pellionella
Genus:
Tinea
Subfamily:
Tineinae
Family:
Tineidae
Superfamily:
Tineoidea
Order:
Lepidoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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