Clothes Moths

The family of the Clothes Moths (Tineidae), also called dust moths, includes about 60 different species. In the resting position, the wings are held in the “roof shape” at a fairly steep angle. The length of the forewing is very variable, 3 – 16 mm. The forewing has often a faint brown and sometimes with a specific pattern. The head is roughly hairy and the antennae are often filamentous about three-quarters of the length of the forewing.


Subfamily: Nemapogoninae
Genus: Nemapogon

Cork Moth – 2019 (NL)
(NCBI-index: 1.178132)

The Cork Moth (Nemapogon cloacella) is a striking appearance that is well attracted to light during moth sessions. The head has yellow-orange hair and the forewing is a mix of pale brown, reddish-brown, and whitish colors. This mix of colors has a striking white spot and some dark brown markings. The flying period is in two generations from May to September and the wingspan is 10-18mm. Host plant: Mosses and fungi. Dutch name: Gewoon kroeskopje. Frisian name:

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Subfamily: Scardiinae
Genus: Morophaga

Large Clothes Moth – 2021 (NL)
(NCBI-index: 1.870097)

The forewing of the Large Clothes Moth (Morophaga choragella) is sand-colored and the veins of the wing are striking, which are light brown. On the wing, a variety of black-brown spots can be seen, especially along the leading edge and near the rear edge. The median line is recognizable and the fringes are dark brown and white checkered. The wingspan is 18-32mm and the flight period is in one generation from the end of May to August. Host plant: Bracket fungi. Dutch name: Elfenbankjesmot. Frisian name: