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Webbing Clothes Moths

Webbing Clothes Moths

 Description:
 Adult moths are ½-inch long from wing tip to wing tip; when the wings are folded, the insect is about ¼-inch long.  The wings and body are buff/golden except for reddish hairs on top of the head.  The antennae are darker than then the rest of the body, and the eyes are black.  The larvae are ½-inch long when mature.  They are small caterpillars that are a clear to creamy-white color with a light brown head capsule.

Biology:
 The females carefully place their eggs deep in the mesh of the infested fabric by attaching the eggs with glue they secrete.  Each female lays 40 to 50 eggs, which hatch in four days to three weeks.  The newly emerged larvae begin to feed immediately.  They often spin silken tunnels or mats, incorporating fragments of the textile being infested and bits of feces into its construction.  The larvae molt five to 45 times, depending on conditions, taking from 35 days to two years to finish development.  They eventually spin a silken cocoon in which they pupate.  Adults live for approximately two weeks.

Habits:
 Webbing clothes moth larvae feed on clothes, carpets, rugs, upholstered furniture, felt, animal hair, and stored wool.  They especially like to feed on solid materials.  Adults have nonfunctional mouthparts and do not feed.  These moths are the most common clothes moth found in the United States.  Adult webbing clothes moths are seldom seen because they avoid light.