Large Pale Clothes Moth Tinea pallescentella
Large Pale Clothes Moth Tinea pallescentella
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Large Pale Clothes Moth Tinea pallescentella

Stainton, 1851


Wingspan 12-15 mm.

A slightly larger species, and more generally speckled than its close congeners, this moth is widely distributed throughout the British Isles. It is suspected that it may have been introduced from South America during the 19th century.

The larva feeds on keratinous animal matter such as hair, wool, fur or feathers, either indoors or out.

The adult moth can be found on the wing at any time of the year, and often comes to light.
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