Brown-dotted Clothes Moth
(one synonym : Tinea abligatella Walker, 1863)
TINEINAE, TINEIDAE, TINEOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Mark J. Dreiling)
The Caterpillars of this species feed on dry animal and plant remains, and have been found feeding on:
The female moths only appear to lay eggs on these materials after the materials have previously been infested by other insects.
The adult moth has pale brown forewings, each with dark markings including extensive speckles, several brown spots, and a vague dark central streak. The hindwings are silvery grey with brown wingtips. The moths have a wingspan of about 1.5 cms.
It has been reported in :
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 184.
Edition 10, Volume 1 (1760), Class 5, Part 3, p. 539, No. 276.
Gaden S. Robinson & Ebbe S. Nielsen,
Tineid Genera of Australia,
Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 2,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1993, pp. 145, 147-148.
Tortricites & Tineites,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 28 (1863), p. 476, No. 74.
(written 23 May 2019, updated 26 October 2020)