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Tineola bisselliella
Common Clothes Moth

(Hummel, 1823)236 / 12.026

Morley’s Final Catalogue: In profusion in Ipswich houses (Pyett), and my study there (Mly); Hemley, Leiston, Southwold and in Gorleston houses Never seen at Monks Soham.

Recent Status: A rare species in Suffolk. Much reduced from Morley’s time owing to many household fabrics and garments being made from plastic materials.

Life Style: The species is considered entirely synanthropic in Europe however it comes to light traps in the UK so may possibly also exist in the wider environment. The moth can be found through much of the year. The larvae feed on animal materials such as wool and fur. They build silken tubes and webbing. They pupate in a long spindle shaped cocoon.

Identification: The moth is a small golden ochre with a darker tufted head and neck. More Info

Recorded in 9 (16%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2012.
Last Recorded in 2020.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
25/07/2020125TM14 - Ipswich
24/07/2020225TM14 - Ipswich
23/07/2020+25TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
19/07/2020125TM14 - Ipswich
17/07/2020225TM14 - Ipswich
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 9-16mm
Flight: Feb - Sept.
Foodplant:   woollen clothing, upholstery and carpets.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 Immature Adult
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Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2020. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2020. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2020
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