Tinea semifulvella

Phylum: Arthropoda - Class: Insecta - Order: Lepidoptera - Family: Tineidae

Tinea semifulvella

Tinea semifulvella is the most common species of the genus to be found in the UK

Although they have been recorded as feeding on rags they generally eat fibres that are found outdoors rather than inside. The larvae feed on sheeps' wool, but are sometimes found inside birds' nests where they feed on other fibres that have been used in nest construction.

The adult moths fly at night between May and September

The wingspan of the Tinea semifulvella Moth ranges between 14 and 22mm.


This moth is both common and widespread throughout Britain and Ireland. It is also found in many European countries although not in the far south.

Picture: Rob Petley-Jones

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