Case-bearing Clothes Moth - Tinea pellionella

    Description

    Wingspan 9 to16 mm. The head is orange-brown and the forewings are plain brown but with 1 to 3 spots.

    Habitat

    Often found indoors in woollen carpets and clothes.

    When to see it

    The adults are generally on the wing between June and October, but may appear outside this period since they often live inside buildings.

    Life History

    The larvae feed in a portable case, on such things as wool and fur, but also feathers and in birds' nests.

    UK Status

    This species is widespread but local in the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation’'s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

    Reference
    12.027 BF240

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map