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Not all species of moth target food or textiles. The culprits here are two types: the clothes moth and the food moth. The latter term only exists colloquially and encompasses a number of species, for example the dried fruit moth, the flour moth or the flour borer.

Moths in the closet
Nomen est omen. Following this, the clothes moth, scientifically called Tineola bisselliella, prefers to work on textiles of all kinds. To be precise, it is not adult moths, but their larvae that feed on fabric. These require the protein keratin to grow to full size. For this reason, textiles that consist entirely or in part of animal hair (wool, feathers, fur) are infested, as these contain keratin. You can recognize clothes moths by their light yellow to dark brown wings.

Moths in the kitchen
Here, too, the name - food moth - provides information about the butterfly's preferred food source: These moths love food - and dry ones at that. You will preferably find moth larvae or moth eggs in flour, pasta, corn flakes, baking powder, chocolate, nuts or animal feed. As with the clothes moth, it is not the adult moths that feed on the food, but their larvae.