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Common Clothes Moth

Tineola bisselliella


  • Adult — 1/4" – 5/16" long. Forewings shiny golden–buff with no markings. Trailing edge of the wings is strongly fringed.
  • Larva — up to 3/8" long. Creamy white with a golden brown head. Lives in a silken tube often 10 to 15 times the length of the body.
  • Pupa About 1/4" long.


  • Egg to adult is usually about 6 weeks. May reach 10 to 18 months if the food is poor or temperatures are cold.


  • Adult does not feed. Runs rather than flies, avoids the light.
  • Irregular holes made in fabrics.