Jan 24, 2016 · Adult case-bearing carpet moth. Photograph: Alamy Rather confusingly most of these moth species will sometimes switch from carpets to clothes Author: Paul Brown. Tinea pellionella, the case-bearing clothes moth, is a species of tineoid moth in the family Tineidae, the fungus moths.It is the type species of the genus Tinea, which in turn is the type genus of the subfamily, family, as well as the superfamily Tineoidea. Its scientific name is derived from "tinea", a generic term for micromoths, and the Latin term for a furrier, pellionellus.Family: Tineidae.
Adult Casemaking Clothes Moth (Actual Size 1/2 Inch) As the larvae spins, a protective "case" is made of the same fiber that it is digesting. Sometimes, the larvae is hard to spot, since it is the same color and texture of the fabric. The Casemaking Clothes Moth is not as common as the Webbing Clothes Moth. Case-bearing Clothes Moth (caterpillar) - Patrick Clement. This is one of the few moth species that can damage clothing and carpets but you can deter them from households. The adult moth is a pale silvery grey-brown with dark spots, and approximately 7mm long. The larva makes a portable case for itself out of wool and other fibres.
Case-bearing carpet moths (Tinea Pellionella) are a common textile pest, their larvae feed on keratin in natural fibres and so are a household pest due to the damage they can cause to woollen carpets and silk rugs as well as expensive clothing.The larvae can also feed on cobwebs, birds’ nests and other natural materials. Carpet moths are typically found in warmer climates during the summer. One of the 'clothes moths', this species is widely distributed over the British Isles. The larvae feed in a portable case, on such things as wool and fur, but also feathers and in birds' nests. The adults are generally on the wing between June and October, but may .