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Genus Phereoeca - Household Casebearer Moths

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Tineoidea (Tubeworm, Bagworm, and Clothes Moths)
Family Tineidae (Clothes Moths)
Subfamily Tineinae
Genus Phereoeca (Household Casebearer Moths)
Explanation of Names
Pheroeca is probably from Greek phero (φερω)- "to carry" + oikos (οικος)- "house",because it carries its "house" (case) around with it)
1 species in North America (
adult male wingspan 7-9 mm; female wingspan 10-13 mm
southern United States
Internet References
live larva and case (image in gallery) (Common Insects of Los Angeles Basin, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County)
pinned adult image of female P. uterella (Lyle Buss, U. of Florida)