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 feeding on

  • woollen tapestries,
  • animal pelts,
  • hair stuffing of saddlery blankets, and even
  • stored guano.

    The caterpillars create silk web in the area where they are feeding.


    (Photo: courtesy of Marko Mutanen)

    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 hind margin of each hindwing. It has a wingspan of about 1 cm.

    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)