other notorious clothes moths, this species was widespread, abundant
and troublesome. But now it has become scarcer since the introduction
of artificial fibres and modern moth proofing insecticides, because the
larvae don't grow well on thoroughly cleaned wool. Recently found more and more in owl pellets.
larva feeds in a portable silken case and lives in birds nests, on
feathers, carcases, animal fibres, owl pellets, wool, spices, hemp, tobacco and fur and stored
vegetable materials. They moving into man-made habitats when the opportunity arose.
adults have mainly been observed from beginning of May towards
August. Observations outside this period are frequent since they
indoors. They come occasionally to light.
Namur, Feschaux, December 2008.
found indoors (Photo © Gérard Minet)