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Species Endrosis sarcitrella - White-shouldered House-Moth - Hodges#1067

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea
Family Oecophoridae (Concealer Moths)
Subfamily Oecophorinae
Tribe Oecophorini
Genus Endrosis
Species sarcitrella (White-shouldered House-Moth - Hodges#1067)
Hodges Number
1067
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tinea lactella
Size
Wingspan 15-21 mm in the adult moth, the larvae grow to 12 mm in length
Identification
Small brown, lightly mottled moth with white thorax, shoulders, and head. The larvae is white with a brownish head and is similar the the Brown House Moth ( Life cycle and general info)
Range
Widespread in the UK, in North America it ranges on the west coast up to Oregon from Southern California and into Canada ( Range Map)
Habitat
Near humans, especially around foodstuffs
Season
larvae pupate in the spring, but can be seen as adults from April to September
Food
Larvae infest places with dry plant material such as bird nests, fungus as well as in fabrics and places where there are dried grains
Life Cycle
Females lay up to 200 eggs at a time in food stuffs ( Pest information) "Egg incubation requires 10 to 58 days, the larval period is 38 to 133 days, and the period from egg to adult is 62 to 235 days." ( Life cycle and general info)
The adults only live about a month ( General Info)
Remarks
Can be a damaging pest in some areas, particularly to wine cellars, where the larvae bore into the corks and ruin the wine... unless you like Tequila :-). ( Life cycle and general info) Most damage is caused by the byprodcts of the larvae, and is usually only a problem in factory settings
Feeding is done entirely during the larval stage, once they pupate, the moths don't feed and lack the mouthparts to do so ( General Info)
Internet References
General Info Plus image of live moth
Pest information Plus some life cycle info
Larva image And links to images of live moths