Trichophaga tapetzella (Linnaeus, 1758)
Tapestry Clothes Moth
(previously known as Tinea tapetzella)
TINEINAE ,   TINEIDAE ,   TINEOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

This Caterpillar was unfortunately introduced into Australia by accident. It is a cosmopolitan pest, particularly damaging textiles. It has been found in animal pelts, hair stuffing of saddlery blankets, and even stored guano. The caterpillars create silk web in the area where they are feeding.


(Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

The adult moth has forewings that have an off-white marginal half with variable brown markings, and a dark brown basal half. The hindwings are dark brown. There is a fringe of hairs along the inner margin of each hindwing. It has a wingspan of about 1 cm.


(Drawing: courtesy of CSIRO Entomology)

The species is found in various countries around the world, including

  • Spain,
  • Sweden,
  • U.K.,
  • U.S.A.,

    So far, the species has only been recorded in Australia in

  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 19.13, p. 184.

    Carl Linnaeus,
    Insecta Lepidoptera,
    Systema Naturae,
    Edition 10, Volume 1 (1760), Class 5, Part 3, p. 536, No. 253.

    Gaden S. Robinson & Ebbe S. Nielsen,
    Tineid Genera of Australia,
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 2,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1993, pp. ix, x, 10, 246-252, 263, 279.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 52.


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    (updated 7 February 2008, 24 February 2017)