Common Name: Casemaking clothes moth
Scientific Name: Tinea pellionella Linnaeus
Adult moths have buff colored, 1/4-inch long wings fringed with hairs and held over their backs when at rest. The forewings of the casemaking clothes moth are brownish with three dark spots, while those of the webbing clothes moth are uniformly golden. Caterpillars of the casemaking clothes moths feed from within a somewhat flattened silken case which is dragged over the food source. Only their heads and legs appear outside, but from either end of the case. The webbing clothes moth feeds inside of silken burrows spun over the fabric surface.
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The casemaking clothes moth, Tinea pellionella Linnaeus, and the webbing clothes moth, Tineola bisselliella (Humel), are common in Texas. They feed mainly on stored fabric and materials of animal origin such as woolens and furs; medically harmless.