Indian Meal Moth

Indian Meal Moth

The adult Indian Meal Moth is also known as Pantry Moths are 8 –10mm in length with 13 –20mm wingspans. The outer half of the moth’s forewings is bronze, copper, or dark grey in colour, while the upper half is yellowish-grey, with a dark band at the intersection between the two. The moth larvae are off-white with brown heads. When these larvae mature, they are usually about 17mm long. Female moths lay between 60 and 400 eggs on a food surface, which is ordinarily smaller than 0.5mm and not sticky. This egg will begin to hatch in 2 to 14 days. The Indian meal moth larvae can infest a variety of dry foodstuffs of vegetable origin, such as cereals, breads, pasta, rice, couscous, flour, spices or dried fruits and nuts. The food they infest will often appear to be webbed together.


Webbing Clothes Moth

Webbing Clothes Moth

Webbing Clothes Moths are approximately 8-10mm long, golden buff in colour and their wings are fringed with no markings. Their Larva is up to 12 mm long when full-grown, cream in colour with a dark head and are often found in a network of silken tubing. Webbing Clothes Moths like dark areas where they spin a silken cocoon on the fabric they are feeding on. These moths will eat a wide range of animal fabrics, but primarily fabrics containing wool. They will also damage fur, silk, feather and leather.


Case Bearing Clothes Moth

Case Bearing Clothes Moth

Case Bearing Clothes Moths are approximately 7-10 mm long and have forewings that are a silvery-buff colour with 3 dark spots. Their Larvae are up to 10 mm long when full-grown, creamy white in colour with a dark head. The larvae make a case of silk which they take with them wherever they go. They can feed on either end and enlarge it as they grow. These moths make holes in fabrics, clothes and curtains and are also known to damage furniture and carpets.

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