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Clothes Moths

Moths are generally gray or brown, with wings that are usually patterned. The average moth is about 1/2 inch in size with a wingspan of up to 6 inches. Some species of moths are much larger, with wingspans of up to 12 inches. Moths can be distinguished from butterflies by their antennas (moth antennae are usually feathered while butterfly antennae are not).

Moths lay eggs which hatch into caterpillars. Moths have 4 stages of development called instars. The first stage of development is the egg, followed by an immature stage called a caterpillar or larva. Once the caterpillar has finished growing it goes through a resting phase called pupation and finally emerges as an adult moth.

Clothes Moths

Clothes Moth Behavior

They typically stay near their source of food/infestation. Clothes mothes are active at night making them a naucternal insect. They like to eat in quiet dark spaces such as closets. They will feed on things such as animal fibers like fur, wool, silk, felt, feathers and leather. Keratin a fibrous protein, worm-like larvae of the clothes moth can digest. 

How to Identify a Clothes Moths

 A Clothes Moth 3/16 to 1/2 inch moth buff colored beige, narrow wings that are fringed with small hairs.  They avoid light so they are seldom seen until the damage of materials in closet is done from this small shy guys.  Casemaking clothes moth larvae spin a silken case around the body often incorporating fibers from the fabric.

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