Image: Moth - Scardia australasiella

Moth - Scardia australasiella

Moth Corpse Fauna - Scardia australasiella

M. Bulbert
© Australian Museum


Corpse Fauna - Moths

Some of the familiar clothes moths (Family Tineidae) feed on mammalian hair during their larval stages. Adult moths lay their eggs on a carcass after all the fly larvae have finished with it. On hatching, their larvae forage on any hair that remains. Tineid moths are therefore the final animals contributing to the decomposition of a carcass.

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