Case Bearing and Common Clothes Moths (Tineola Bisselliella)
The case bearing moth is smaller to the common clothes moth which can be 6 – 8 mm for an adult with a wing span of 8 – 16 mm. Moths are rarely seen in flight except after laying eggs or being disturbed or attracted to a strong light source.
The female eggs, which are attached by a sticky substance to whatever they are laid on. The live span is normal 2 – 3 weeks though this is affected by temperature, humidity and access to food.
These moths can be significant pest when feeding on clothes or furs and suits. Damage can be severe with a serious infestation and need to be dealt with quickly to prevent further damage and breeding.