Indian meal moth
Adult wing span about 14 – 20 mm long. First third of forewings are cream in colour, rest of the wings is copper with dark grey spots. Larva is yellowish white in colour and sometimes in reddish or greenish colour. They are strong flier and they are attracted to artificial light. They often found on cereal grain, flour, groundnuts and dried fruits.
Lifecycle – Egg -> adult about 27 days.
Casemaking cloth moth
Size of the adult moth measured from 9 to 13 mm. External morphology of the cloth moth is they have brownish-gray wings with three dark spots. These spots can be rubbed off on older moths. Larvae are yellowish in color. They are relatively weaker flier and they are not attract to light. They like to hide in crack and crevices near closet, carpet, fur, furniture and silk. Larvae stage cause damage to clothes, fabrics, furs and stored products. They survive by eating the protein (keratin) found in natural materials such as wool, cotton and silk. The fear of moths is called Mottephobia.
Life Cycle –
Moth caterpillars – Can be found in the dark corners of wardrobes, cupboards and drawers.
Larvae – Silken tubes or cases – Hide inside wardrobes or back of the furniture.
Pupae – Usually found on fabrics or stored products.
Adult moths – Prefer to crawl rather than fly.