clothes moth

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Related to clothes moth: casemaking clothes moth, Indian meal moth

clothes moth

Any of various moths of the family Tineidae, whose larvae feed on wool, hair, fur, and feathers.

clothes moth

(Animals) any of various tineid moths, esp Tineola bisselliella, the larvae of which feed on wool or fur

clothes′ moth`

any of several small moths of the family Tineidae, the larvae of which feed on wool, fur, etc.
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Noun1.clothes moth - any of several small yellowish or buff-colored moths whose larvae eat organic matter e.g. woolensclothes moth - any of several small yellowish or buff-colored moths whose larvae eat organic matter e.g. woolens
tineid, tineid moth - small yellowish moths whose larvae feed on wool or fur
casemaking clothes moth, Tinea pellionella - the larvae live in tubes of its food material fastened with silk that it spins
Tineola bisselliella, webbing clothes moth, webbing moth - moth that forms a web in which it lives
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(moθ) plural moths (moθs) (American) (mo:ðz) noun
1. any of a large number of insects, rather like butterflies but with wider bodies, seen mostly at night and attracted by light.
2. a clothes moth. The moths have been at my evening dress.
clothes moth
a type of moth whose larva feeds on cloth and makes holes.
ˈmothball noun
a small ball of a chemical used to protect clothes from clothes moths.
ˈmoth-eaten adjective
(of cloth) eaten by moths. a moth-eaten blanket.
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HIS has been a big week in my long war against Tineola bisselliella - to you, the common clothes moth.
Reported incidents of clothes moth infestation have also risen by a third in the year up to the end of March.
Placed in a plastic bag the grubs quickly leave it riddled with holes, in much the same way that a woollen jumper is attacked by clothes moth caterpillars.
HOUSEHOLDERS are bracing themselves for the credit munch as a clothes moth epidemic spreads through the West Midlands.
You're not imagining it - Lakeland says 2015 is shaping up to be the year of the clothes moth, thanks to the mild winter and spring we've just had.
Clothes moth caterpillars may be a nuisance for your wardrobe, munching holes through sweaters and socks.
Secondly, the common clothes moth will only attack expensive items of knitwear.
She said that because of mothballs and synthetic fibres, the clothes moth does not now attack clothes.
The clothes moth is the common name of several genera of the family Tineidae, which belong to the order of Lepidoptera.
While there are different species the kind you probably have is a more destructive pest than the clothes moth.