Clothes Moth, common name for any of several related moth species that in the larval stage eat cotton, silk, wool and other natural fibers, damaging clothing, carpets, furs, and fabrics. Such damage can usually be attributed to any of three species. Adults have a wingspread of 12 to 26 mm (0.5 to 1.0 in). The most common species is the webbing clothes moth; it has a naked larva that spins a thin webbing of silk over its food. The adult has plain, straw-colored wings. The casemaking clothes moth is grayish yellow or brown, with darker brown spots on the forewings. Its larvae live within a case composed of bits of the food material bound together with silk. The larva of the carpet moth lives within a winding gallery made up of bits of carpet or other cloth held together with silk. Because clothes moth damage is easily avoided with the use of modern chemical repellents, these pests are now relatively uncommon.
Scientific classification: Clothes moths belong to the family Tineidae. The webbing clothes moth is classified as Tineola bisselliella, the casemaking clothes moth as Tinea pellionella, and the carpet moth as Trichophaga tapetzella.