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12.027 ~ 0240 ~ Tinea pellionella ~ Case-bearing Clothes Moth
UK Status

Resident. Fairly uncommon but widely distributed throughout the British Isles.

Montgomeryshire Status

Scattered records from across the county.

Wingspan :   M & F, 9-16mm.

Confusion species

T. dubiella, T. translucens, T. lanella, T. flavescentella and T. murariella.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine+)


Wherever the food source is found.


Woollen products, animal fibres, bird's nests, owl pellets and stored vegetable products.

Lifestage data

Case-bearing. Larva feeds in a portable silken tube which is open at each end. Pupates in larval case which is fixed some distance from feeding site.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 1st Aug 2011, Llanfyllin

Photo by MDH, 25th Apr 2011, Middletown
Pic shows larval cases

Photo by MDH, 23rd July 2013, Llanfyllin