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webbing clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella) adult

view through a microscope (framed by a black circle) of an adult webbing clothes moth. the moth is near uniformly light golden brown in color, its wing scales somewhat pearlescent. its eyes are dark gray, and its head is fuzzy and slightly orange-brown.

Webbing clothes moths (Tineola bisselliella) only truly make themselves known upon emergence as full-grown adults. Adult moths (such as shown here) are not much bigger than their larvae and are a soft, shimmery champagne color. As adults, they do not eat (and don’t even have mouths), and they only live for a few weeks with the sole purpose of finding a mate. Unlike other moths, they are light-averse, are poor flyers, and are attracted to potential larval habitats like furs or old rugs. (Photo by Isabel Novick)

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