Types of Moths

All around the world, there are many insects. Some of them are ugly, have different colours, shapes, big, small and some of them are beautiful. This is the case of the butterflies, which captivate every person who sees them. However, you probably must have seen insects very similar to them, which are moths.

These insects have similarities, but they are very different concerning behaviour, diet and of course, appearance. Some of them are fatter than your regular butterfly, and a little flurry. Most of them are considered as pests, but they do not harm humans. It is good to know which ones you have at home since this can help you check which ones you have got, remember that there are more than 120 species around the world.

We’ll talk about the ones that are considered pests, and you can find around your house.

Tineola Biselliella

Its name must have confused you, but this is one of the most common moths, as is the one that eats away the fabric of your favourite shirt or dress. This one is minimal, measuring up to 8 mm at its best, and they seem to be very slim. Normally, they lay their eggs on fabrics or materials so that their larvae can feed off them. They are very slim and can be found in your closet or even in your pantry. Their larvae leave little holes all around the clothes they eat and can be visible once the larvae have developed. It has grey wings and body.

Hofmannophila pseudospretella

This type of moth is found in your house, specially where cotton, wool or other types of fabric are since they are scavengers and love to eat those fibres. They are bigger and thicker than the Tineola Biselliella, and their colour is yellowish rather than grey. It can be found all over the UK, however, you may not find them if you live in the northern part of Scotland.

Thaumetopoea processionea

As an adult, this moth is not harmful to any human beings around it. Though, its caterpillar can be poisonous, and you want to avoid dealing with it. The real problem is that, even if time goes by, the hair-like appendages will stay toxic, with its venom active for years after this moth has developed completely. If you have seen a brownish moth with rounded wings and tiny body, then you need to look out for its caterpillar. It can cause swelling, allergic reactions, irritation, redness, among others. Do not engage in contact with any of these.

Tinea pellionella

Even though they are part of the clothes eating types of moths, these are a little trickier to find. It is coloured differently, as their wings and antennae are greyish or other earthy colours. They tend to have a similar size as the Tineola Biselliella, which therefore sometimes people confuse them. Having them at home means danger to your clothes as they are hungry for them.

There are other types of moths, however, these you are going to find outside your house, in parks, or all-around nature. They aren’t invasive as the ones mentioned before, and they serve a purpose as part of the food chain of different animals, pollinating flowers among other things.

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