Tinea pellionella - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, 30 June 2011
Tinea pellionella Adult


© Robin Howard

Tinea pellionella Linnaeus, 1758

Case-bearing Clothes Moth

Wingspan: 9-16mm

Usually univoltine but this far south it is almost certainly a bivoltine species with adults on the wing from May to November when it flies from late afternoon. It is normally found in buildings but does venture outside when it comes infrequently to light. Recorded only from Las Descargues but this is almost certainly due to lack of recording effort than restricted distribution.

Larvae feed on wool, hair, fur and feathers and in bird's nest from a portable case.